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Feb
18

Ultrasonic Dental Cleanings

Every person who has had their teeth cleaned knows what it’s like to have an area or two where the hygienist’s small scaler is used to remove calcified tartar on the surface of the teeth. While safe and gentle, the scaling process may not always be comfortable or sound pleasant. Over the last several years hygienists and dentists have also implemented advanced ultrasonic scaling devices for cleaning their patients teeth.

Ultrasonic scalers are unique because they are gentle and extremely effective in the removal of tartar, plaque and toxic biofilm from areas of gingivitis or gum disease. The handpiece uses magnetic strips, which bounce off of each other to creating a vibrating motion in the end of the smooth slip tip. This rounded tip is placed adjacent to the tooth and causes a vibration to disrupt buildup and remove it from the tooth. Water also flows through the tip to keep it cool and flush out plaque biofilm that has loosened.

Ultrasonic dental cleaning is primarily used in deep cleanings and periodontal treatments, but it is so effective that it is now used on most adult patients, even those with healthy mouths. Its efficiency removes more buildup than traditional hand scalers and the entire process takes much less time. As a result your teeth may feel cleaner as well, because of all the microscopic areas that may not be seen are still removed.

Unlike traditional scalers that have sharp edges, ultrasonic tips are completely smooth to the touch. This helps prevent additional tissue irritation or accidental trauma during your cleaning procedure. As with all cleanings, if you have areas of sensitivity is sure to let your hygienist know, so that he or she can adjust the vibrations of the device and make you more comfortable during your visit.

Posted on the behalf of Cosmetic Dentistry Center

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