Prescott Valley, AZ
Scaling is when a professional dental hygienist cleans your teeth to remove plaque and prevent decay. Here at Bradshaw Family Dental we use many different tools to prevent plaque from causing damage to your teeth and gums. Ultrasonic scalers are becoming more popular among our staff and less invasive to our patients.
If you get regular dental cleanings, our hygienist frequently uses a handheld tool called a scaler to remove plaque that's stuck to your teeth and can cause gum disease. Our skilled hygienists are very comfortable using this tool. Handheld scalers have been used for decades to scrape away tartar from the surface of teeth, along with the gum line and inside pockets that form when bacteria gets inside the gum tissue.
When you keep your regular appointments, along with good oral hygiene at home, our hygienists can clean your teeth relatively quickly. Unfortunately, that is not the case when there is build up, or gum disease has already developed in the mouth.
Manual scaling can be uncomfortable for some patient and requires frequent breaks. Another disadvantage of using handheld scalers is that they are not as effective in removing plaque from deeper gum pockets.
Manual scalers are also loud, and one of the reasons patients skip their dental cleanings. Some people are sensitive to loud noises, and the scraping sound can be uncomfortable.
Dental Ultrasonic Scalers
Modern technology is there to make things easier for our patients and us. We are always looking at new equipment that can make our jobs easier and keep you as comfortable as possible. Lasers and ultrasound reduce the need for noisy tools and, in many cases, can expedite treatment.
Such is the case with ultrasonic scalers which use dental ultrasonic scaler’s vibrations to remove hard plaque deposits or calculus. Moreover, these waves can also disrupt the cells of bacteria.
Advantages of Dental Ultrasonic Scalers
One of the most significant benefits of using a dental ultrasonic scaler is that it is more effective in removing calculus from pockets that are deeper than 4mm. They are also extremely efficient when eliminating calculus within the periodontal pockets and exposed roots. Ultrasonic scalers can reach deeper than any manual scraper could.
This tool is not only easier for our hygienists to use, but more comfortable for a patient with deep pockets because the cleaning is more thorough and can be completed even more effectively in a shorter time. Ultrasonic scalers can also reach more hidden spaces than a handheld scraper, making for better cleanings and they are gentler on the enamel.
We urge our patients who have pacemakers to inform us of this fact, as shockwaves from ultrasonic scalers can affect these devices.
If you want to know more about what type of scalers we use here at Bradshaw Family Dental, please give us a call at (928) 277-0076.