Dental Instruments – Raspatories

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Dental raspatories are dental instruments used to smooth and shape bone and tooth tissue during dental procedures. They have a curved, sharp-edged blade that is designed to remove small amounts of material from the surface of the tooth or bone.

Dental raspatories come in various sizes and shapes and are made of high-quality stainless steel or other durable materials. They typically have a textured grip for ease of use and may have a slight bend or curve for improved access and visibility.

There are several types of dental raspatories, including:

  1. Lateral raspatories: Used to shape and contour the tooth or bone surface, particularly in areas where access is limited.
  2. Periodontal raspatories: Used to smooth the root surface of teeth to remove plaque and tartar buildup.
  3. Chisels: Used to remove small amounts of bone or tooth tissue and create precise angles and contours.

To use a dental raspatory, 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 raspatory to remove small amounts of tissue, shaping and smoothing the surface as needed.

Proper cleaning and sterilization of dental raspatories 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.