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What Is an Ultrasonic Dental Cleaning?

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We all know that we’re supposed to brush and floss regularly to keep our teeth clean and healthy. While there are many steps you can take to prevent dental issues on your own, nothing can substitute for regular visits to your dentist. At Savannah Dental Care, we want our patients to know that regular teeth cleanings are the easiest, most cost-effective way to prevent a whole host of dental issues. After all, no matter how strict you are with your dental care regimen, dental plaque can build up on your teeth over time and require professional cleaning to remove.

How Do Ultrasonic Scalers Work?

As fans of the old adage, “Work smarter, not harder”, we are proud to offer ultrasonic cleanings for our patients. Our ultrasonic scalers use ultrasonic vibrations to rapidly remove calculus (hardened plaque) from the surface of your tooth. These hi-tech tools offer several benefits to our patients including comfort, speed, and efficiency.

More Comfortable

First, ultrasonic scaling is often a more comfortable procedure for our patients. Instead of scraping and applying pressure to the surface of your tooth, your hygienist simply guides the scaler along your tooth surface. The ultrasonic scaler’s vibrations loosen debris without requiring pressure.

More Efficient

Second, ultrasonic cleanings are usually much quicker than traditional cleanings. The ultrasonic scaler can make quick work of cleaning, even in patients with extreme plaque buildup and heavy deposits.

More Thorough

Third, ultrasonic scalers have no problem cleaning those hard-to-reach areas. With specially-designed tips, they can access areas that manual tools might not be able to reach. For example, we use our ultrasonic scalers to removed plaque that is trapped beneath your gum line. This plaque, if not removed, can cause you to develop gum disease, leading to inflamed gums, loose teeth, and many other issues.

During your next cleaning, ask us about our ultrasonic scaling and cleaning process. After all, only your dentist can determine what sort of cleaning you need. Don’t wait to schedule your next dental cleaning, and don’t hesitate to ask our team any questions you might have!

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