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3. Surgical Instruments

Exercises for Part 3

Answers are provided at the end of this exercise.

1. Extraction forceps vary because of differences in root shape, alignment of the tooth, and location in the mouth. The different types of forceps can be distinguished by each of the following characteristics, EXCEPT:

a. Angles of the beaks.

b. Length.

c. Notches on the beaks.

d. Contour.

For exercises 2 through 8, match the forceps numbers in Column A with the forceps types in Column B.


___ 2. Forceps #65.

___ 3. Forceps #222.

___ 4. Forceps #53R.

___ 5. Forceps #203.

___ 6. Forceps #210.

___ 7. Forceps #15.

___ 8. Forceps #151S.


  • a. Maxillary anterior forceps.

    b. Maxillary posterior forceps.

    c. Mandibular anterior forceps.

    d. Mandibular posterior forceps.

  • 9. In oral surgery, the dental assistant:

    a. Autoclaves instruments in advance.

    b. Transfers instruments by sterile instrument forceps.

    c. Assists in treatment of injuries or defects of the jaws.

    d. Performs "a" and "b" above.

    e. Performs "a", "b", and "c" above.

    For exercises 10 through 19, match the characteristics of the surgical instrument in Column I with the appropriate surgical instrument in Column B.


    ___ 10. Used to cut and contour bone.

    ___ 11. Used to remove extraneous material from tooth sockets.

    ___ 12. Used to smooth the edges of bone.

    ___ 13. Seldin Elevator No. 22.

    ___ 14. Used with a mallet.

    ___ 15. Used to loosen or remove roots or root fragments.

    ___ 16. Used to groove teeth for controlled sectioning.

    ___ 17. Used to separate and raise periosteum from the surface of the bone.

    ___ 18. Used to cut soft tissue.

    ___ 19. Straight Elevator number 34S.


  • a. Root elevators.

    b. Periosteal elevators.

    c. Alveolar curettes

    d. Rongeur forceps..

    e. Bone files.

    f. Bone chisels.

    g. Surgical burs.

    h. Surgical knives

  • 20. Which instrument setup is the same as the setup for an impacted tooth?

    a. Basic examination.

    b. Uncomplicated extraction.

    c. Surgical extraction and bone removal.

    d. Alveolectomy.

    21. Which of the following is the most common method of immobilizing the jaw in treating a fracture?

    a. Passing wires through the bone.

    b. Using bone grafts and prosthetic restorations.

    c. Using metallic or acrylic splints to fit over the teeth.

    d. Stretching rubber bands from hooks of one jaw to those of another jaw.

    22. According to the text, during oral surgery, the dental assistant will be called upon to perform all of the following tasks EXCEPT TO:

    a. Manipulate the suction apparatus.

    b. Use a surgical mallet with proper technique.

    c. Remove sutures.

    d. Keep the surgical field free of blood.

    e. Place sutures.

    Solutions to Exercises for Unit 3

    1. b

    2. a

    3. d

    4. b

    5. c, d

    6. b

    7. d

    8. c, d

    9. e

    10. d

    11. c

    12. e

    13. b

    14. f

    15. a

    16. g

    17. b

    18. h

    19. a

    20. c

    21. d

    22. e

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    David L. Heiserman, Editor

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    Revised: June 06, 2015