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When you order, use the proper name. Many companies use numbers
to describe the instruments, but a different company may use a different
number. If you use the proper name along with the number given here, most
companies will understand what you want. (See page 213.)
The Four Basic Instruments
You can take out most teeth with these 4 instruments:
A spoon or probe…
… an elevator…
… and two forceps
upper universal forcep
Use this to
separate the gum
from the tooth.
An elevator will
loosen a tooth, or lift
out a broken root.
lower universal forcep
Use forceps to pull out the
tooth. There is one for upper
teeth and one for lower teeth.
Other forceps can be useful, especially for taking out a strong back tooth.
They have pointed beaks that are made to fit between the roots of a back
molar. As a result, you can hold onto the larger tooth better.