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Ultrasonic Dental Cleaning

You would likely be very hard-pressed to find an individual who truly enjoys spending time at their dentist’s office. It’s not too difficult to understand why this is–after all, it isn’t exactly comfortable to lay back for any length of time while someone pokes around in your mouth, poking, scraping and polishing your teeth. However, understanding exactly why regular dental visits and cleanings are so critically important to your oral and general health and what can be done to make them more comfortable can help you to have a better experience.

Dental Cleanings

Your oral structure, function and comfort is very important to your overall health and comfort. Your mouth is not only one of the first things that others notice about you, it is used for eating and speaking and it can easily affect the health of the organs and systems in your body. Knowing this, you may make the wise decision to maintain stellar oral hygiene habits and an optimal diet. While both these things are definitely important and can contribute to good oral and general health, the fact is that they alone cannot guarantee that your teeth will always be thoroughly clean and protected. This is simply due to the fact that the instruments and techniques available to you at home are insufficient to get into the small pits and grooves on top of your chewing teeth or into the crevices between your teeth. Furthermore, you obviously cannot see every single angle of every single tooth in your mouth, and you likely don’t have the training or experience necessary to detect potential issues that may arise in your mouth. This is why twice-annual dental examinations and cleanings are so critical–the dentist can thoroughly inspect your mouth, detect any issues so they can be addressed before they become exacerbated and perform a deep, effective dental cleaning.

The part of dental cleanings that most individuals agree is the least comfortable is the part where the dentist, or dental hygienist, scrapes at the surfaces of each and every tooth in order to remove any plaque and tartar build-up. This procedure, which is also referred to as dental scaling and root planing, is extremely important in the fight against gum disease and tooth decay, but it can definitely be time-consuming and uncomfortable. Fortunately, while in the past this procedure has largely been done using metal instruments, there is now an easier, faster and more comfortable way to achieve the desired results–through ultrasonic dental cleaning.

The Benefits of Ultrasonic Dental Cleaning

With ultrasonic dental cleaning, the tooth scaling and root planing procedure is done with an ultrasonic scaler rather than with a handheld metal scaler. The ultrasonic scaler works to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth by using ultrasonic vibrations and water. The vibrations are so subtle as to be undetectable to the patient, which means that the deep cleaning process can feel like little more than a thorough mouth rinse. This makes ultrasonic dental cleaning ideal for individuals who:

  • Have a particularly large buildup of plaque or tartar on their teeth. Plaque and tartar is filled with the bacteria that causes tooth decay problems, so it is absolutely essential to have it all removed from the teeth. Daily brushing and flossing can go a long way in eliminating plaque, though it may not eliminate all plaque and is entirely ineffective against hardened tartar.
  • Are suffering from periodontal disease. When plaque forms underneath the gums it can create periodontal pockets of bacteria that attack the tooth, the bone tissue and the gum tissue. If not resolved, this can lead to significant decay and tooth loss. Ultrasonic dental cleaning is an effective way to clean below the gums and help eliminate bacteria so that gum disease can be halted and reversed.
  • Have sensitive mouths. Tooth scaling and root planing can be quite uncomfortable when performed with a handheld metal instrument, especially for those individuals who have sensitive mouths. In many cases, this means that individuals with sensitive mouths must receive some sort of local anesthesia in order to have their teeth professionally cleaned. Ultrasonic dental cleaning, however, is much more comfortable–which means that it does not usually require any local anesthesia. It is also much faster than traditional scaling methods.

In some cases, ultrasonic dental cleaning does not completely eliminate the need for traditional scaling. However, it usually reduces the amount of time the dentist has to spend on traditional scaling procedures, providing for a much better patient experience overall. For more information about ultrasonic dental cleaning and whether it is right for you, contact your dentist today!


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