How Does Ultrasonic Scaling Differ from Manual Scaling When It Comes to Plaque Removal?

29 January 2019

[:en]As mentioned before, periodontal (or gum) disease can be one of the most common issues that many people suffer from. Not many people understand the need to take care of their teeth and gums. Hence, they seldom pay any attention to oral hygiene and care. Over time, the teeth will start losing their colour and sheen. In addition, the weakening of the gums could dislodge some of the teeth as well. The only method for preventing the onset of gum disease lies in undergoing regular dental cleanings. Brushing and flossing daily can rid your teeth surfaces of significant bacterial plaque. But, your toothbrush or floss will not always be able to reach or access all the corners of your mouth easily. Thus, over time, the build-up of plaque in these hard-to-reach places could make your teeth look dull and stained.


Dentists or orthodontists throughout Australia specialise in removing hardened plaque deposits (or calculus) from the teeth of their patients. They accomplish this through a process known as scaling. Many dentists perform scaling manually. They remove the plaque with various specialised hand instruments called scalers. Hand scalers can be quite effective in removing plaque deposits. But, using these instruments involves a lot of care. Lapses in concentration could damage the gum tissue or even the roots of the tooth. To ease the plaque removal process without compromising on the safety levels, some dentists have begun using ultrasonic scaling equipment.


Ultrasonic scaling equipment relies on the emission of vibrational energy. This energy serves to loosen and crush plaque and calculus. It also helps in reducing the proliferation of bacteria in the teeth. Thus, dentists will typically use this equipment for loosening the particles of plaque. Thereafter, they will wash away the plaque with water. In terms of effectiveness, ultrasonic scalers have the edge over hand scaling tools. They also remain gentler and safer when loosening the plaque and calculus. Thus, they will not cause any damage to the tooth structure and other tissues. Not surprisingly, many cosmetic dentists in Fairfield and other places use manual scalers to remove plaque and calculus.


However, it can be worth highlighting that manual scalers remain safe to use for all kinds of patients. In contrast, ultrasonic scalers might not be as suitable for use for all patients. In particular, dentists should use these scalers with care when attending to patients with hypersensitive teeth or pacemakers. In addition, patients with teeth in the early stages of de-mineralisation might also necessitate the use of manual scalers. In some cases, the use of ultrasonic scalers might produce an aerosol that comprises finely misted particles. Containing these particles will be important as well. Having said that, most patients requiring the removal of plaque and calculus will benefit from the use of ultrasonic scalers. The enhanced levels of comfort that these scalers provide remains one of their biggest benefits. Moreover, ultrasonic scalers also minimise treatment times as opposed to their manual counterparts. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that these scalers will replace their manual variants with the passage of time.

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