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Preliminary investigation into the performance of a sonic scaler.
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PMID:  3320331     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Recently a number of mechanical scalers, known as air or sonic scalers, have been developed. Preliminary investigations were undertaken to observe the operating characteristics of such a sonic scaler including its oscillatory pattern, and how this was affected by changing the design of the scaling tip, the air pressure, and the application load. The oscillatory pattern exhibited an open elliptical movement that was dependent upon the air pressure input to the instrument. Application of a load to the scaling tip resulted in oscillatory damping that increased with the magnitude of the load. The oscillatory performance of the sonic scaler differed from that observed previously with ultrasonic scalers. Investigators using the sonic scaler should indicate the type of scaling tip, the air pressure input, and the application load used to enable meaningful comparisons to be made between the results of different workers. Clinicians should be aware of its operating characteristics to avoid potential damage to the tooth surface.
E J Gankerseer; A D Walmsley
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of periodontology     Volume:  58     ISSN:  0022-3492     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Periodontol.     Publication Date:  1987 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-02-02     Completed Date:  1988-02-02     Revised Date:  2000-12-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8000345     Medline TA:  J Periodontol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  780-4     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
Department of Oral Medicine, Turner Dental School, Manchester, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Dental Prophylaxis / instrumentation*
Dental Scaling / instrumentation*
Equipment Design
Stress, Mechanical
Surface Properties

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