Ultrasonic Cleaning


Here at Smile Hub Dental Clinic in Bayside Medical Centre, we offer ultrasonic dental cleaning for a thorough cleaning experience. Ultrasonic cleaning is a new technology which involves a scaling instrument which uses electromagnetic forces that vibrates while spraying water to remove any plaque or stains that have built up on the teeth. The ultrasonic cleaner is great for getting plaque which has built up under the gum and is difficult to remove by hand scaling.


Ultrasonic cleaning can be done in a short amount of time and is a lot faster than regular hand scaling. The vibration in the ultrasonic scaler makes it easier for plaque and stains to be removed without roughly scraping it away. This is why it is a good option for people with sensitive teeth or gums as it is very gentle. There is limited or no damage to the toot or root of the tooth during ultrasonic scaling. Ultrasonic cleaning creates shock waves that affects bacteria biofilms so that plaque can be easily removed from the tooth. The water coming out of the scaler cools down the tip of the scaler and also creates bubbles which make the mouth an oxygenated environment which is harder for bacteria to grow in.


Ultrasonic scaling can be beneficial to patients who have gum infections or gum disease. When the gums are inflamed periodontal pockets form where the gum and teeth meet. This leads to gum recession and these pockets can collect calculus which can be hard to remove. The ultrasonic scaler can go under the gum and gently remove this calculus.


The ultrasonic cleaner comes with multiple tips which are great for getting into ears which may be smaller. There are also tips made to clean around composite restoration, crowns or implants which could be damaged or scratched by a regular tip. Hygienists will use a mix of ultrasonic and hand scaling to get the best result for a deep cleaning. If you have a pacemaker in it is important to inform one of the dental team as in rare cases it can affect the pacemaker.


If you would like to book in for an ultrasonic scaling appointment please contact Smile Hub Dental Clinic at 01 5253 888 or book online.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is ultrasonic scaling painful?

Ultrasonic scaling is usually not painful as it involves vibration and bubbles to remove plaque instead of pressure with a hand scaler. Patients with sensitive teeth may find some areas uncomfortable if the water in the ultrasonic scaler is cold.

Can ultrasonic cleaning damage teeth?

Ultrasonic cleaning is used to clean the surface and under the gum to remove plaque and staining. It is a gentle treatment and cases little to no damage to the teeth or their roots. Ultrasonic scaling is a lot gentler than hand scaling on the enamel and roots of the teeth.

Do ultrasonic cleaners really work?

Ultrasonic cleaning is extremely effective for removing calculus from the surface and underneath the gum. It works better than other cleaning treatments as it uses water to blast away calculus which may not be reached by ordinary hand scalers. Ultrasonic scalers come with multiple tips to clean various areas or cosmetic work.

What are the side effects of scaling?

After ultrasonic scaling a person can have sensitivity or inflammation around the gums and teeth. This will usually settle in a few days. The more you et your teeth cleaned and practice good oral hygiene the less likely it is for bleeding or inflammation to occur after ultrasonic scaling.

Is ultrasonic scaling better than hand scaling?

Ultrasonic scaling is great for getting in areas that certain hand scaling instruments can’t. It is also gentler which can benefit people with sensitivity or gum disease. Ultrasonic scaling is a lot faster than hand scaling which is good for nervous patients who may not like the procedure being done.

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