There are two techniques for removing dental plaque and tartar during your dental cleaning appointment: manual or ultrasonic. Manual cleaning is done with hand instruments – scalers and currettes where the plaque and tartar are scraped from the teeth. The second technique uses ultrasonic scalers. Ultrasonic tooth scalers generate up to 50,000 vibrations per second which produce the formation of bubbles filled with water vapor. The vibration stretches and compresses these tiny bubbles until they implode and release a burst of pressure. When the bubbles implode, they produce energy that tear apart the cell walls of oral pathogens. Ultrasonic scalers also produce a steady flow of water which will flush out the gingival pockets to help remove bacteria from around the teeth and gums.
Patients can benefit in many ways from using the ultrasonic scalers. The ultrasonic scalers tend to be much quicker in removal of calculus than hand instruments, they […]