While professional dental cleanings aren't something that most people look forward to, most of us grin and bear it. But it's not that easy for others, and we think we know why.
In the past, a dental cleaning usually meant hand scaling where dentists used a sharp, pointy instrument to scrape away dental tartar from around your teeth and under your gums. Unfortunately, this could be an unpleasant experience for sensitive patients.
We have good news, though. A microsonic cleaning (better known as an ultrasonic dental cleaning) uses a special tool to remove the elements that cause dental problems more comfortably. A device known as a microsonic scaler vibrates the tooth and surrounding gums to dislodge dental plaque, dental tartar and endotoxins, the bacteria that contribute to bone loss. In one quick swoop, microsonic scaling breaks up these irritants and washes them all away.
Tradition or Technology?
Daily brushing and flossing will remove dental plaque, but over time, the plaque that's missed will turn into dental tartar. Unfortunately, you can't get rid of dental tartar on your own. Dental tartar is a breeding ground for dental plaque -- and the accumulation of plaque can cause cavities and gum disease. A microsonic dental cleaning or hand scaling is recommended to remove several months' worth of dental plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth and below the gum line.
Many dentists and patients choose microsonic dental cleaning because of its convenience -- it works much faster than traditional hand scaling, eliminating more dental plaque and dental tartar at once. Once the irritants are detached, the microsonic scaler flushes them away with water. Microsonic dental cleanings not only removes tartar more thoroughly, but it often cuts down on the time you spend in the dental chair. For best results, your dentist may combine microsonic and hand scaling to remove as much debris as possible.