Regular dental cleanings are crucial to maintaining patients’ health, but we understand that many people suffer from dental anxiety. At the Miami Beach and North Miami Beach practices of Ressler, Lelchuk, and Hirschl, we want our patients to feel at home in the dental office, which is why we thought it would be a good idea to explain what some of our instruments are for.
Patients are familiar with the hose that sucks away saliva and debris, but they may not have known that it’s called an evacuator. The three instruments we use the most frequently are the evacuator, handheld mirror, and an explorer or probe. Explorers are the hooked metal instruments we use to test the hardness of enamel and the cleanliness of gum pockets. They are also used to pry away calculus that has built up on teeth.
We have more specialized tools for each procedure, including repairing tooth decay. For most procedures, we inject the patient with a local anesthetic using a syringe. Modern dental drills are designed to minimize heat by running water over the drill site. Once the drill debris has been evacuated, we’ll mix the white resin filling material on a small spatula and apply it using a blunt-tipped instrument called a burnisher. These instruments come in many shapes and are also used by orthodontists to contour molar brackets.
Dr. Allen Ressler, Dr. Andrew Hirschl, and Dr. Ira Lelchuk operate from two locations. To schedule an appointment at the location at Mount Sinai Medical Center, 4300 Alton Road, Suite 1190, Miami Beach, Florida, 33140, call 305-532-1444. To schedule an appointment at Intracoastal Mall, 3909 NE 163rdSt, Suite 310, North Miami Beach, Florida, 33160, call 305-949-2630. They can also be reached on their website, Miami Dental through a contact form.