In the 1960’s it became apparent that the main agent causing gum disease was a dental bacteria known as a biofilm. Therefore, dental specialists had to come up with some effective measures to get rid of the harmful bacteria. Dental scaling is one of the techniques that has been used for decades to remove Biofilm from the surface of the teeth. The process involves removing the hard deposits on the surface of the teeth. However, dental technology has greatly advanced, and now dentists use a more effective method to remove the hard deposits on the teeth. This method is known as ultrasonic scaling. Read on to find out its benefits over the traditional scaling.
The functioning of the Ultrasonic Scaling
Ultrasonic scaling can help in improving your teeth cleaning experience in more than one way. The technique uses a tool that sends ultrasonic vibrations to the gum line and teeth that removes tartar and calculus. Tartar is the hard substance on the surface of your teeth that cannot be removed by regular brushing and flossing. The ultrasonic scaling sends vibrations that break apart the calculus deposits. For a more effective process, the device allows water to flow from the tip, thus washing away all the debris after they have been removed. The water also allows the device not to overheat.
Benefits of Ultrasonic Scaling over Traditional Scaling
1. Better Penetration
Ultrasonic scaling has a better penetration into the periodontal pockets. This is because its tips are specially designed specifically for that purpose.
2. Less Treatment Time
Compared to the traditional Scaling, the dentist will require less time to complete the procedure. This leads to more time for patient education on how he/she can maintain clean teeth free from plaque for a longer time.
3. More Effective
The method is more effective compared to traditional cleaning due to the use of power instrumentation.
4. Lead to Total Elimination of Plaque
Ultrasonic scaling uses vibrations to remove plaque and tartar. It breaks them off, leading to total plaque elimination.
5. Less Tissue Trauma
Traditional scaling required the dentist to make multiple disturbance to the gum tissue while trying to remove the plaque. Therefore, the sharp-cut edges will leave multiple trauma on the gum tissue. However, ultrasonic scaling does not apply any trauma to the tissues. As a result, the process has very negligible chances of injury.
Unlike traditional scaling, ultrasonic scaling is very comfortable. There are no abrasive sounds or metal scrapping during the procedure.