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scaler(ska'ler) [O.Fr. escale, husk]
1. A dental instrument used to remove calculus from teeth.
2. A device for counting pulses detected by a radiation detector.
An electrically powered device used for calculus and tartar removal as an alternative to ultrasonic scaling or manual curettage. Typical units use a stack of metal strips in the handpiece and move in an elliptical pattern.
A manual device used to remove supragingival calculus. The instrument has two parallel cutting edges on the face of the blade that converge to form a point. It is effective but slow and damages enamel more than ultrasonic or magnetostrictive scalers.
sonic scalerUltrasonic scaler.
A device that uses high-frequency vibration to remove stains and adherent deposits on the teeth.Synonym: sonic scaler