A Dental Needle Holder, also called needle driver, is a surgical instrument, similar to a hemostat, used by doctors and surgeons to hold a suturing needle for closing wounds during suturing and surgical procedures. The parts of a simple needle holder are the jaws, the joint and the handles. Most needle holders also have a clamp mechanism that locks the needle in place, allowing the user to maneuver the needle through various tissues. To maintain a firm grip on the needle, the jaws are often textured and short compared to the shank. Needle holder are used to grasp suture needle when suturing tissues. The jaws of the needle holder undergo metal –to-metal contact causing rapid wear of the grasping surfaces. Needle holder should be tested for function regularly by placing and appropriate sized needle in jaws and nothing if needle rotation is possible (indicating that repair is necessary).