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A Guide to Dental Diagnostic Instruments – What’s best for my Practice?

Dental care and therapy often start with the use of diagnostic tools. To properly address their patients’ oral health concerns, clinicians need to have an incredibly clear intraoral vision in all regions, and the greatest dental explorers and probes money can buy. 

Advanced and top notch diagnostic tools provide both the doctor and the patient with increased overall dental comfort and wellness levels. That’s why it’s important for dental students to study and get familiar with the latest developments and innovations in the instrument industry for the most effective dental clinical treatments. 

Lets get further into the types dental diagnostic instruments and how to select the best instruments for your daily dental practice. 


A dental mouth mirror is where everything starts. Practitioners’ need to see clearly in any direction and receive tremendous and comfortable retraction for a perfect analysis of their patient’s mouth. Knowledge of mouth mirror types will help you in selecting the best supplies for your practice that allow you greater versatility during your daily dental work. 

There are two types of mouth mirror materials most commonly used around the world, Disposable and Stainless Steel. Disposable mouth mirrors are made of plastic and are best effective in controlling disinfection, however, the mirror reflection tends to be really poor, hence making it difficult for the practitioner to conduct an effective diagnosis. 

Stainless Steel mirrors on the other hand are the most widely used type of mirrors in dental practices. These mirrors allow for a more comfortable diagnosis because the handle has a larger diameter with handling serrations allowing the practitioner to get a solid grip and easily maneuver the mirror in the mouth. Stainless Steel mirrors also feature a smoothened finishing allowing for minimal patient discomfort during movement, unlike the plastic mirrors. 

The most commonly used mirror diameters in dental practices are 20mm mouth mirror, 22mm mouth mirror and 24mm mouth mirror. These also go by as #3, #4 and #5 mouth mirror sizes. You can also get separate mirror heads of your preferred size and attach it in a socket-style stainless steel handle that best suits your hand grip. When purchasing mouth mirrors make sure to check the following: 

  • See if the mirror has safety coating to prevent scratches and make it run for the long. 
  • Make sure the mirror is anti-fog to avoid any mist related disturbance during diagnosis. 
  • Double check the material type and see if it is compatible with the sterilization method at your practice. It is always recommended to follow up with the latest infection control and instrument sterilization guidelines listed by the American Dental association.



Dental Probes & Explorer’s

The ability of thin explorers to identify deterioration, calculus, and various other anomalies is outstanding and it is a must-have instrument for an ideal diagnostic checkup. Practitioner’s must know the types of explorer tips and features available in the market today to keep up with the innovations and advancements in dental care. 

Explorers feature thin, flexible tips that gradually taper to a pointed finish. These tips come in different shapes and angles but they all generally end in a sharp pointed finish. You can find diagnostic explorers in 90° Angled tip, Half-circle tip and Offset Tip. Additionally, you can select double-ended explorers for additional versatility featuring a combination of the two most commonly used diagnostic explorer ends, rather than the traditional single ended explorers. 

The very best explorer tips are manufactured from stainless steel that has been spring-tempered and is bent by hand. This results in an instrument that is not thick yet has high tensile strength, making it durable and long-wearing. Explorers of lower quality may be rigid, reducing their suppleness and limiting the practitioner’s ability to feel what’s happening around them. It is important for the clinician to feel the feeling from the instrument tip up to their fingertips to precisely detect any defects in the architecture of the tooth. This requires that all explorers be extremely lightweight and precise. 

Combinations of double-ended explorers and probes are becoming more common in the industry. These combinations of double-ended explorers and periodontal probes save you money and space in your kit by eliminating buying an additional instrument. To cater to your particular requirements, there is a wide variety of double-ended explorer and probe combinations for you to select from. Each component should be fabricated from stainless steel that has been subjected to a tempering process. Be on the lookout for hand-shaped explorer tips and probe measurements that are accurately carved into the tip and color-coded at severe temperatures to penetrate the tip surface for durability. Select the combination of a double-ended explorer and a probe that is most suited to your requirements. You will find that all of your patient exams provide you with the ideal form, sensation, continuity, and comfort level.


Why the Quality of Diagnostic Instruments Is Important?

Dental professionals such as yourself rely on diagnostic instruments to assist in the evaluation of tooth decay, the detection of caries and calculus, the exploration of hard-to-access areas, the measurement of periodontal pockets, and the formation of an overall comprehensive picture of the oral health of each patient. It is a proven fact that to perform at your absolute best, you need to have an unobstructed vision and be able to examine every aspect of the tooth’s surface. Therefore, you should utilize the most advanced diagnostic tools to demonstrate that excellence elevates the quality of your day.

It is possible that the diagnosis you make will not be correct if the diagnostic equipment you use is not in excellent operating condition. You are aware that the outcomes can include underdiagnosis, in which vital warning symptoms of the disease are not detected, or overdiagnosis, which may result in the overtreatment of asymptomatic disorders. Both of these outcomes carry the potential for severe consequences. Neither one is in the best interest of either you or your patients.

Your exceptional diagnosis abilities ensure that your dental chairs are always full and that your patients enjoy excellent oral health. Invest in instruments backed by a manufacturer’s promise to deliver the industry’s finest quality and most consistent results.

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Why Choose Precision Dental USA? 

Precision Dental USA is an industry pioneer in the production and marketing of dental tools and practice supplies around the globe. We have over 62 years of expertise in the manufacturing industry. Our mission is to deliver the most recent innovations in dental instrumentation and high-quality supplies to your office to make the routine dental procedural work much more straightforward for practitioners. At Precision, we understand the significance of providing superior products and services. We work tirelessly to expand our product offerings by incorporating the most recent technological developments and soliciting feedback from practicing dentists. This helps us guarantee that our goods live up to the quality standards expected by professionals today. 

Find out more about each product by visiting our instruments shop. For any product related inquiries please Contact Precision Dental USA


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