Notes on Uses and Types of Cotton Pliers /Tweezers

Cotton pliers have got narrow and angulated working end. They may have serrations on the inner aspect of the beaks for better holding of material.

These instruments are used for carrying cotton wool rolls, cotton wool pellets, wedges and articulation paper from the tray to the mouth and back.

They are available in locking handles, and the tips may be straight or angled.


Types of Cotton Pliers

A. Locking and non-locking

B. Working ends can be:

i. Straight/curved


ii. Serrated/smooth

Uses of Cotton Pliers

(i) To carry and hold the cotton rolls, thus aid in isolation.

(ii) To remove any broken fragment of tooth or material from the mouth.


(iii) To make cotton rolls.