Dental Instruments – Caliper / Ruler Instruments
Dental calipers and rulers are dental instruments used to measure various aspects of the teeth and mouth during dental procedures.
Dental calipers, also known as periodontal calipers, are used to measure the depth of gum pockets around teeth. They are typically made of metal and have a pointed tip that is inserted into the gum pocket to measure the distance from the gumline to the bottom of the pocket. This measurement is important in diagnosing and monitoring gum disease.
Dental rulers, also known as dental probes or periodontal probes, are used to measure the distance between two points in the mouth. They are typically made of metal and have markings on them to measure in millimeters. They are commonly used to measure the distance between teeth or to measure the depth of a cavity.
Both dental calipers and rulers are essential tools in many dental procedures, and they require proper training to use effectively and safely. Dental professionals use these instruments to provide accurate diagnoses and treatment plans for their patients.
Proper cleaning and sterilization of dental calipers and rulers are important to prevent contamination and ensure accuracy in measurements. Dental professionals should follow proper infection control protocols and replace instruments that become worn or damaged.