Dental Instruments – Needle Holders
Dental needle holders are dental instruments used to hold and manipulate needles during dental procedures, particularly during local anesthesia injections. They have a long, slender handle and a small, serrated jaw that provides a secure grip on the needle.
Dental needle holders come in various sizes and shapes, with straight or curved handles and various jaw designs to accommodate different needle sizes. 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 needle holders, including:
- Mayo-Hegar needle holders: have a scissor-like handle with a built-in suture cutting blade, which makes them useful for both suturing and holding needles.
- Mathieu needle holders: have a unique design that allows the jaw to lock in place, providing a secure grip on the needle.
- Castroviejo needle holders: have a delicate, fine-tipped design that is ideal for use in delicate procedures, such as ophthalmic surgery.
To use dental needle holders, 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 needle holder to grasp and manipulate the needle as needed during the procedure.
Proper cleaning and sterilization of dental needle holders 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