Dental Instruments – Excavators
Dental excavators are dental instruments used to remove carious or decayed material from a prepared cavity in a tooth. They come in various shapes and sizes, each designed for a specific purpose.
The working end of a dental excavator is typically a small, sharp blade or spoon-shaped tip made of stainless steel or tungsten carbide. Excavators are available in both single- and double-ended designs, and may also feature a serrated edge or a chisel-shaped tip.
During a dental procedure, the dentist will use an excavator to carefully remove any decayed or damaged material from the tooth, preparing it for filling or other restorative procedures. The instrument is also used to shape and contour the walls and floor of the cavity preparation, ensuring that the restoration will fit properly and be securely anchored in place.
Dental excavators require precision and skill to use effectively, as they must be used to remove only the damaged or decayed material, without damaging healthy tooth structure. Proper technique and care with dental excavators are essential to achieve successful clinical outcomes, including a durable and long-lasting restoration.