Ultrasonic cleaning, also known as ultrasonic scaling, is an alternative to traditional manual methods of removing plaque from your teeth. An ultrasonic cleaning device operates by sending low ultrasonic vibrations in the unit’s hand-held wand, causing the tip to vibrate faster than the speed of sound. The device is also accompanied by a steady stream of water that emerges near its tip, so that the tool can wash away debris without the risk of overheating. With these simultaneous functions targeted along your gum line and teeth, ultrasonic cleaning is able to blast away the stubborn substances that have hardened on your teeth over time, such as tartar and plaque. The procedure is quick, easy, and painless, and has many benefits over traditional scaling.
Benefits of Using Ultrasonic Cleaning
- Comfort: With no metal scraping and abrasive sounds, ultrasonic cleaning makes for a much more comfortable experience over manual metal scalers. For some mouth shapes and sizes, manual scaling can also be a little uncomfortable. Ultrasonic cleaners reduce that discomfort significantly.
- Efficiency: More hardened tartar is removed at once compared to other scaling methods.
- Effectiveness: Ultrasonic cleanings are highly effective for removing plaque underneath the gum line, which can prevent and treat gum disease
- Improved appearance: Ultrasonic cleaning help reduce the appearance of tooth stains, giving you a whiter and brighter smile.
Ultrasonic Cleaning Procedure
When your oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing at home is no longer enough to remove hardened deposits from your teeth, or if you’re suffering from gum disease, it’s time to see your periodontist for an ultrasonic cleaning.
- For hardened deposits: If you have a substantial buildup of tartar or plaque, ultrasonic cleaning can remove these substances quickly and with less discomfort than traditional methods. Manual scrapers take a considerable amount of time to rid the teeth of all hardened deposits.
- For gum disease: For mild stage gum disease, periodontal pockets develop below the surface of your gum line. These pockets fill with bacteria, tartar, and plaque, and attack your gum and bone tissue. Periodontal pockets cannot be reached with a toothbrush or floss, so they require a deep dental cleaning to remove the debris, before it can lead to tooth loss and other complications.