Suction pumps are greatly used by dentists. In fact, it is a must have equipment in any dental clinic. You are being a medical practitioner would obviously know that. But the point here is how well doing you know the suction pump fitted on your dental chair? A lot of practitioners are not aware of the new dry suction pump that has enhanced technologies and eases the work of medical practitioners up to a large extent. Basically, there are 2 types of suction pumps – saliva ejector and high-volume suction. Saliva ejector is specifically meant for sucking out the excess saliva out of the mouth and clears the mouth for better visibility. The high-volume suction is used as a vacuum cleaner within the mouth. It is capable of sucking in any type of small or big debris and crumbs within the mouth without even touching them. This helps keeping the mouth clean of waste materials while operating. There are several questions regarding this technology. So, here are all those frequently asked questions answered:
#1. How does using a suction pump benefit the patient?
While operating within the mouth, there is one vital drawback – that is the tongue. Due to the presence of the tongue, every odd tasting material can cause discomfort to the patient. For example, dentists always use a suction pump after giving the patient a local anaesthesia as all types of anaesthetics have a bitter taste. Also, anaesthetic stays for a long time in the mouth, it may start to numb the back of the mouth, leading to a gagging sensation. Also, while operating within the mouth, the mouth stays open for longer periods and to ensure that saliva does not get accumulated within the mouth in excess, suction is done. This eases the discomfort of the patient as well as the dentist.
#2. How is suction useful for dentists?
The presence of debris, crumbs and saliva in the mouth of the patient obstructs the vision of the dentist. Without a clarity in vision, how is a dentist supposed to treat the required spot? A suction pump sucks out all these debris and crumbs as well as removes the excess saliva and thereby clears the mouth. This enables the dentist to see and observe clearly within the patient’s mouth. With constant use of a suction pump, the dental mirror stays clean and it speeds up the operation.
#3. What is the difference between dry pumps and wet ones?
The dry suction pump has better suction capacity than the wet ones and are more effective. Also, wet pumps are less hygienic than the dry ones as there is water involved. There are always chances of bacterial build-ups on wet pumps due to the presence of moisture around it. The water used by the dentist has to be pure and clean. Also, there is a need a suction powder as well. These wet pumps and its debris can clog up the drainage system sometimes. Above all, the loud sound caused by the wet suction pump causes a lot of discomfort to the ears which is not the case with dry ones. That is why dry suction pump is generally preferred.
#4. How is a suction pump useful for cleaning the mouth?
After operating within the mouth, there are bound to be debris and waste left. All these waste materials, if left within the mouth may eventually go down the throat and into the stomach. Most of the materials used in dental treatment are not edible. So, if these are swallowed, it may have several consequences. With suction pump, all these debris and waste is sucked out and the mouth is cleaned thoroughly. In case of rinsing the mouth water, there are still chances of some debris being left behind. But with these pumps, the cleansing is 100% effective.
All these are the answers to the question that generally arise in the minds of common people regarding suction pump.