Cauter in Dentistry

The cauter in dentistry is a surgical instrument that is used in the obliteration (cauterization) of tissue. During cauterization, heat is used to destroy tissue in order to stop bleeding or assist in the removal of a benign tumor. In the picture you can see the cauter tool with the cauter handle and its various applications. Try and find a dentist who will inform you further regarding this topic. In dentistry, the cauter is mainly used for gum removal and/or to stop bleeding prior to taking a tooth impression. If there is bleeding, the impression will provide inconclusive tooth borders. The impression material might flow around the borders inaccurately and the technician will not be able to produce a leakage-free denture (for example crowns). There will be more about this in the video entitled “tooth impression.”

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