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Dental Equipment

Definition: The nonexpendable items used by the dentist or dental staff in the performance of professional duties. (From Boucher's Clinical Dental Terminology, 4th ed, p106)
Notes: for the dent professional, not the patient; differentiate from DENTAL INSTRUMENTS on basis of size (instrum are holdable in the hand); DF: DENT EQUIPMENT

Dental Equipment Categories.
Dental Articulators - Mechanical devices that simulate the temporomandibular joints and jaws to which maxillary and mandibular casts are attached. The entire assembly attempts to reproduce the movements of the mandible and the various tooth-to-tooth relationships that accompany those movements.
Dental Devices, Home Care - Devices used in the home by persons to maintain dental and periodontal health. The devices include toothbrushes, dental flosses, water irrigators, gingival stimulators, etc.
Dental High-Speed Equipment
Dental Instruments - Hand-held tools or implements especially used by dental professionals for the performance of clinical tasks.
Rubber Dams - Sheets of latex rubber punched and placed over the teeth during dental procedures to isolate the field of operation from the rest of the oral cavity (Jablonski; Illustrated Dictionary of Dentistry, 1982). Rubber dams are useful in preventing the swallowing of instruments or restorations during dental work.

Dental Equipment Definitions and Terms

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