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Ultrasonic Scaling

The purpose of having your teeth cleaned regularly by a trained professional hygienist is to remove deposits of plaque and calculus. Removal of hard deposits on your teeth is called “scaling.” This can be done either by using hand-held scalers or by newer technology: ultrasonic power scalers. Ultrasonic tooth scalers use transducers that convert electricity into mechanical energy using materials like quartz crystals or specialized ceramics that change shape with electricity (piezoelectric) which generate up to 50,000 vibrations per second or by changing magnetic fields (magnetostrictive).