Ultrasonic scaling does a wonderful job of not only cleaning your teeth, but also removing bacteria and plaque below the gum line. The ultrasonic scaler has the advantage of precise mechanical movement. It completes 60,000 strokes per second in a precise sweeping motion that cannot be replicated by hand scaling. It also affords the practitioner superior access to deeper periodontal pockets. The ultrasonic scaling process is the preferred method for the majority of non-surgical treatment of periodontal disease, its prevention and maintenance. It is effective, yet gentle and efficient.
Have you ever wondered why some dentists or dental hygienists use an ultrasonic scaler for your dental cleanings and others use hand tools? If a patient has tartar or calculus that is minimal and not below the gum line, hand scaling can be a great alternative. However, the use of powered ultra scaler instrumentation provides therapeutic value over hand scaling alone.
See this short video on the use of an ultrssonic scaler. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-OQNGH8A5Q