162 Where There Is No Dentist 2012
Curved elevators are good for taking out broken roots. You can force their
pointed ends more easily between the root and the bone that is holding it.
Unfortunately, forceps and elevators are expensive. If you want to order
more than the 4 basic instruments (page 161), remember the cost.
WHERE YOU WORK IS IMPORTANT
Work wherever it is light and bright. You must be able to see what needs to
be done. Sunlight or light from a lamp is usually enough. Use a dental mirror
(page 145) to direct more light into the mouth.
Use a chair that has a back high enough to support the person’s head.
Think about how you can stand and work the most easily.
To take out a lower tooth, you need to
push down and then pull up.
So the person should be sitting
To take out an upper tooth, you need to
push up and then pull down.
So the person should be
sitting up high.
If you stand on a box, he will be lower.
If he sits on cushions, he will be higher.