Dental Instruments – Hemostatic Forceps
Dental hemostatic forceps, also known as hemostats, are dental instruments used to clamp and control bleeding during dental procedures. They have a long, slender handle and a small, serrated jaw that provides a secure grip on blood vessels.
Dental hemostatic forceps come in various sizes and shapes, with straight or curved handles and various jaw designs to accommodate different types of bleeding. They are typically made of high-quality stainless steel or other durable materials, and may have a textured grip for ease of use.
There are several types of dental hemostatic forceps, including:
- Halsted mosquito forceps: have a small, delicate jaw that is ideal for clamping small blood vessels.
- Kelly forceps: have a larger jaw than mosquito forceps, and are commonly used for clamping larger blood vessels.
- Crile forceps: have a serrated jaw that provides a secure grip on blood vessels, and are useful for controlling bleeding during more invasive dental procedures.
To use dental hemostatic forceps, the dental professional selects the appropriate size and type of instrument and positions it carefully to provide optimal access to the area being treated. They then use the forceps to clamp the blood vessel and control bleeding as needed during the procedure.
Proper cleaning and sterilization of dental hemostatic forceps are important to prevent contamination and ensure patient safety. Dental professionals should follow proper infection control protocols and replace instruments that become worn or damaged