Dental tweezers is a pair of tweezers. Dental tweezers are available in different designs, sizes, and shapes. The locking-type tweezers are used to firmly hold any object and lock it in position, leaving the dentist to do other procedures. For example, the locking-type tweezers is used to hold the end of sutures, tissues, or a cloth in a locked position over a long time.
The dental tweezers are available as:
- The college serrated type with stainless steel body, angled beak, and serrated handles,
- The college non-serrated type with stainless steel body and angled beak
- The locking type
- the plastic disposable type
- Various other specialized types and sizes.
The beak of the tweezers is a delicate structure, and the tweezers should be handled with care. These beaks can distort easily if they are used carelessly or incorrectly.
The tweezers are sterilized carefully and are used during any oral or dental procedures to avoid contamination of any tissue or specimen while handling. The pair of tweezers, or the college tweezers as they are popularly known, is used to transfer an item from one place to another.
For example, it is used for holding and transferring the cotton wool pellets, cotton wool rolls, wedges and articulation paper from the tray to the oral cavity and back. For example, this hand dental instrument is used to apply the dentine conditioner with the help of cotton wool pellets. To stop the bleeding, the pair of tweezers is used with the cotton wool pellets, which is pressed on the wound till the bleeding is stopped, or to place medicated cotton wool inside the cavity.