A dental mouth opener provides comfort to the dentist. This tool separates the checks and gums from the teeth.
During dental procedures, dentists must have enough vision to perform them accurately. While this can be easily done with just the dental intraoral mirror, the aid of a dental mouth opener makes the entire process easier and more comfortable.
Moreover, it turns the entire dental appointment into a more pleasant experience. Since the patient can maintain the mouth open and the lips separated without doing anything, they can relax the mouth and facial muscles while the dentist performs any procedure.
What Is A Dental Mouth Opener?
A dental mouth opener is a simple tool made of plastic that keeps the patient's mouth open while the dentist works. They come in different sizes, models, and colors.
The most common types of dental mouth openers possess an arch at the right and left sides. These arches hold the lips and push them outward. Therefore, separating them from the oral cavity structures.
Nonetheless, some dental mouth openers are integrated with a biting block. This is a large block that is placed at the back of the mouth. The patient can bite it with the molars to keep the mouth open and the occlusal surfaces unengaged.
Lastly, there is a type of dental mouth opener made of metal. This is used to open the mouth of patients under general anesthesia.