Monday, 28 June 2010

New videos - ultrasonic scaler use and the interspace brush

I've put up some more videos on Blackboard. They demonstrate how I would encourage you to use:
  • an ultrasonic scaler
  • an interspace brush (that's not the same as an interdental brush by the way)
    I mention these things in the video, but just to re-emphasise the points:
    • ultrasonics are potentially damaging from two points of view:
    • they can remove tooth tissue - so turn the power down and don't stick the tip against the tooth
    • they can traumatise the periodontium - so instrument pockets carefully whilst debriding the root surface thoroughly
    • there are more efficient ways to use scaler tips - i.e. side on
    Using an ultrasonic scaler in a safe but efficient way is a skill that can take time to master.

    Please do not assume that by simply sticking it into the pocket the job is done. If you're unsure how to use the scaler ask your perio tutor next time you see them, or me next time you're out here.

    13/06/2012 These videos are available on YouTube now:

    Introduction 1

    Introduction 2

    Using in a patient

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