Dental Instruments Functions and Characteristics

Mouth Mirror
F: To provide indirect vision; retract lips, cheeks, and tongue; reflect light into the mouth C: accurate, distortion-free image; used to retract tongue or cheek and view intraoral cavity simultaneously

Explorers
F: to examine teeth for decay (caries), calculus, furcations, or other abnormalities C: Pointed tips, sharp, thin, flexible; single or double ended (may have different styles of working ends)

Cotton Forceps
F: to grasp or transfer items and/or material into and out of the oral cavity C: Plain or serated; pointed or rounded tips; locking; range of sizes available