As technology races on and continues to completely transform our daily lives and the way in which we interact with the world, it is only natural that it has done the same in other industries, too. The fields of dentistry, for example, have benefitted greatly from some recent technological advancements. This is especially true when it comes to periodontal therapy. Instead of spending time tirelessly chipping away at calcium build-up on patients’ teeth, for example, dental professionals can now rely on the ultrasonic scaler to help the process along and reduce wrist fatigue in addition to trauma to the tissue around your teeth. At Downtown Dental Care, we are happy to use this as well as a variety of other new tools that give our patients the best of the latest advancements in dental care.
What is an Ultrasonic Scaler
Also known as a power scaler, ultrasonic scalers are scalers that are air driven and work to make the descaling process much easier for both dental professionals as well as patients. Note that this is different from the sonic scaler works at a relatively low frequency of between 3,000 to 8,000 cycles per second. This refers to how many times the tip of the scaler comes into contact with your tooth per second!
Ultrasonic scalers, on the other hand, are far more powerful than the sonic scaler. There are two different bits of technology that an ultrasonic scaler can utilize: piezoelectric or magnetostrictive. Piezoelectric technology moves at around 28,000 to 36,000 cycles per second. Scalers using this kind of power have a tip that moves back and forth, and it is used along the side of your tooth, working to shave off debris and calculus. Magnetostrictive technology uses an insert that works at around 25,000 to 30,000 cycles per second.
How has the ultrasonic scaler improved periodontal care?
The widespread use of ultrasonic scalers has improved periodontal debridement and supragingival scaling quite a bit. First of all, the ultrasonic scaler requires a very light touch to work, which means that the dental professional performing the cleaning will experience less wrist and hand fatigue. That means that they can move more efficiently and more quickly, which results in you spending less time in the dentist’s chair. The ultrasonic scaler also helps remove calculi and dental plaque far more efficiently, which means less trauma is done to the tissue surrounding your teeth. There are also no cutting or sharp edges on an ultrasonic scaler, which helps reduce the possibility of accidental trauma during the cleaning.
All in all, the ultrasonic scaler makes the process of periodontal cleaning a far more pleasant one for patients as well as dental professionals. Because the process is less traumatic than it used to be, you are more likely to come back as often as you should, which means that your teeth will reap the rewards!
Contact us at (503) 420-7600 if you are interested in experiencing the power of an ultrasonic scaler cleaning!