Dental Instruments – Plastic Filling
Plastic filling instruments are dental instruments used to place and shape composite resin fillings. Composite resin is a tooth-colored material used to restore teeth that have been damaged by decay, fracture, or wear. Plastic filling instruments are specifically designed to handle composite resin material, which has a different consistency and handling properties than traditional amalgam fillings.
Plastic filling instruments typically have a plastic or composite resin handle and a variety of tips or heads that are used to shape and manipulate the filling material. The tips or heads may be angled or shaped in various ways to accommodate different areas of the mouth and to create different shapes and contours in the filling material.
Some common types of plastic filling instruments include:
- Composite placement instruments: These are used to place the composite resin material into the prepared cavity or space in the tooth.
- Composite shaping instruments: These are used to shape and contour the composite resin material after it has been placed in the tooth.
- Composite finishing instruments: These are used to smooth and polish the composite resin material after it has been shaped and contoured.
Plastic filling instruments are usually autoclavable, meaning they can be sterilized between uses to ensure patient safety and infection control. They are an essential part of any dental office that offers composite resin fillings as a treatment option.