Dental drill: is a small, high-speed drill used during dental procedures, usually to remove decay and shape tooth structure prior to the insertion of a filling or crown. Also know as a dental handpiece.
Primitive dental drills were used in the 18th and early 19th centuries. In 1868, American dentist George F. Green added power to the drill with a pneumatic version run by a pedal-powered bellows. In 1871, dentist James B. Morrison added pedal power to a bur drill. And in 1875, Dr. Green patented an electrified dental drill. This development revolutionized dentistry.
Dr. Green’s pioneering electric drill used an electromagnetic motor. It worked well but was quite cumbersome. Just after the turn of the 20th century, most dentists’ offices came to be wired for electricity. Plug-in electric drills were invented and became standard.
- Dental impaction
Dental impaction: The pressing together of teeth. For example, molar teeth (the large teeth in the back of the jaw) can be impacted, cause pain, and require pain medication, antibiotics, and surgical removal.
- Dental pain (toothache)
The most common cause of a toothache is a dental cavity. The second most common is gum disease. Toothache can be caused by a problem that does not originate from a tooth or the jaw.
Dentin: The hard tissue of the tooth that surrounds the central core of nerves and blood vessels (pulp).
An artificial set of teeth that can be removed.
- Denver Developmental Screening Test
Denver Developmental Screening Test: The Denver Developmental Screening Test (DDST) is a widely used assessment for examining children 0-6 years of age as to their developmental progress. The name “Denver” reflects the fact that this screening test was created at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver. There are a number of other behavioral […]