Amalgam Armamentarium

Hand Instruments

Handle

Blade

Shank

Basic

Mirror

For visualization, retraction. 

Hemostat 

A type of forceps that locks tightly. To carry or hold objects.

Explorer

To determine the integrity of the tooth surface and feel for irregularities. 

Forceps

For grasping small objects, such as a cotton pellet, and carrying them to the mouth. 

Williams Periodontal Probe

For measuring probing depths. Also useful for measuring depths of restorations, sizes of lesions, etc.

Chisels

Wedelstaedt Chisel

Blade is slightly angled from the handle of the instrument. A cutting instrument.

Binangle Hachet

A cutting instrument. Has left and right cutting ends.

Gingival Margin Trimmer

A cutting instrument. Come in pairs. Is similar to an enamel hatchet, but with a slightly curved blade. The outside of the curve contains the bevel for the cutting edge.

Excavators

Spoon Excavator 

To remove carious dentin during tooth preparation. The ends have different size spoons. 

Pulpal Protection

Calcium Hydroxide Base/ Liner Applicator 

For mixing and placement of calcium hydroxide pulpal protection agent for indirect or direct pulp capping. 

Matrix Holder

Tofflemire Holder

For placement of a Tofflemire Matrix Band.

Carriers

Amalgam Carrier 

To carry triturated amalgam to the preparation.

Condensers

Small Condenser

To pack amalgam into the preparation. Used before the large condenser.

Large Condenser

To pack amalgam into the preparation. Used after the small condenser.  

Burnishers

Larger Ball Burnisher

To burnish the surface and margins of an amalgam restoration after its placement. Can also shape matrix bands.

Acorn Burnisher

To burnish the surface and margins of an amalgam restoration after its placement.To form primary anatomy. 

Ball Burnisher

To burnish the surface and margins of an amalgam restoration after its placement.To form primary anatomy. 

Carvers

Small Cleoid-Discoid Carver

To remove excess amalgam and to carve or shape anatomy on occlusal surfaces. 

Large Cleoid- Discoid Carver

To remove excess amalgam and to carve or shape anatomy on occlusal surfaces. 

Hollenback Carver

To remove excess amalgam and to carve occlusal, axial, and proximal surfaces of amalgam restorations.

Occlusion

Articulating Paper Holder

Holds articulating paper to check occlusion.