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A tool, device, or implement. The parts of a hand instrument may be described as the handle or shaft, which is grasped by the operator's hand; the working end designed for a specific function, such as the reflective surface of a mouth mirror, the point of an explorer, or the cutting surface of a chisel; and the shank, which joins the working end to the shaft. A plastic instrument is used to manipulate any plastic restorative material.

Parts of an instrument

Subjects: Dentistry.

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