More and more people take attention to dental cleaning nowadays.And along with the development of ultrasonic technology, Ultrasonic Scalers could be found in almost every dental clinic. Inevitably,our patients usually ask if it’s really batter than traditional scalers?And what makes them different from traditional scalers?
The answer is “yes” of course.
At Dougherty Dental, we use Ultrasonic scalers in most dental cleanings for our adult patients. Along with dentistry, dental hygiene is advancing. We are learning more about how to clean and care for your teeth. An Ultrasonic scaler is an important tool, it allows us to remove calculus from along the rim of your teeth and gums, and even below the gums, getting the debris from deep pockets. With this tool, we can help you have healthy teeth and gums, remove bacteria, and give you a clean smile.
Why does my hygienist use an Ultrasonic Scaler?
Our hygienist uses this tool to help you maintain healthy teeth and gums. Through our normal use, our teeth are constantly developing plaque. Plaque is a sticky material that clings to our teeth. If we do not brush this sticky material away daily, then it can harden into what we call calculus. Calculus can be dangerous for our teeth, it is filled with bacteria that is eating away at our enamel and infects our gums. This infection is what is known as gum disease, or gingivitis. By scheduling regular dental cleanings with our dental hygienist, we can help you keep gum disease at bay, and maintain the health of your teeth. The ultrasonic scaler allows our hygienist to remove tartar and biofilm from your teeth while causing minimal or no damage to your tooth roots or tooth enamel, an ideal procedure when used in tandem with hand scaling.
According to the Center for Disease Control, about one in two American adults suffers from Periodontal Disease, also known as Gum Disease. Periodontal disease is an active infection and the chronic inflammatory of your soft gum tissue along with its supporting bone, according to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). If left untreated, this will cause significant damage to your gums and jawbone. Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. We can help you keep your gums clean and healthy by scheduling regular dental cleanings with our hygienist and tools such as the Ultrasonic Scaler.
Pros And Cons Of Power Driven Scalers
Research shows power scaling instruments have advantages:
- They are as effective as manual instruments for calculus removal in shallow gum pockets and significantly more effective in pockets greater than 4mm.
- They are very effective in disrupting biofilm from root surfaces and from within periodontal pockets making them especially helpful when patients require frequent maintenance (cleanings).
- Specially designed tips can penetrate deeper into periodontal pockets than manual instruments and are more effective at cleaning difficult nooks and crannies like furcations, (areas where roots join each other in multi-rooted teeth).
- When used correctly they are kinder to tooth structure, which is especially important with repeated cleanings (when used correctly).
- Coolant sprays provide irrigation (flushing of the area), which improves healing by removing bacteria and their bi-products as well as the hygienist’s ability to see when scaling.
- They require less time than manual instruments for the same job.
- Their smaller tips cause less tissue distention and require very little pressure — thus making it more comfortable for you, the patient!
Cautions Regarding Power Scalers
- Aerosol production (the formation of contaminated “mist”) requires protective equipment; not a problem for experienced dental professionals.
- Power scalers may affect certain cardiac (heart) pacemakers! Although most modern pacemakers are shielded, tell your dentist and/or hygienist if you have one.
- Ultrasonic power scalers are not recommended for individuals with hypersensitive teeth, which may include primary teeth or newly erupted teeth. Please tell your dentist or hygienist if your teeth are sensitive to temperature change.
- Ultrasonic scalers are also not recommended for areas of demineralization (early mineral loss leading to decay), porcelain or composite restorations and titanium implants — unless specially designed tips are used which won’t scratch them.
Most periodontal experts today agree that the best results for non-surgical periodontal therapy are achieved by a blended approach; the combined use of power ultrasonic scalers and hand instruments. Rapidly changing technology has revolutionized periodontal therapy with integration of power scaling techniques resulting in improved clinical outcomes, patient comfort, and reduced time and physical demands on clinicians.
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