Dental Instruments – Amalgam Carriers
Amalgam carriers are dental instruments used to carry and dispense dental amalgam during restorative procedures, such as fillings. Dental amalgam is a mixture of metal alloys, including silver, tin, copper, and mercury, that is used to fill cavities and restore damaged teeth.
Amalgam carriers are typically made of stainless steel, although there are also disposable plastic versions available. The instrument consists of a cylindrical barrel with a plunger mechanism that is used to push the amalgam out of the tip of the instrument.
To use an amalgam carrier, the dentist first fills the barrel with the amalgam material. The tip of the carrier is then placed into the prepared cavity in the tooth, and the plunger is pushed to dispense the amalgam. The dentist then uses other instruments, such as dental excavators or burnishers, to shape and contour the amalgam filling.
Amalgam carriers come in various sizes and shapes to accommodate different restorative procedures and to access different areas of the mouth. The selection of the appropriate amalgam carrier depends on the size of the cavity being filled and the specific needs of the patient. After use, amalgam carriers must be thoroughly cleaned and sterilized to prevent the spread of infection.