ultrasonic scaler

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a dental instrument for removal of plaque, bacterial endotoxins, and calculus from teeth.
Scaler. From Dorland's, 2000.
ultrasonic scaler an ultrasonic instrument with a tip for supplying high-frequency vibrations, used to remove plaque and calculus from teeth and bits of inflamed tissue from the walls of the gingival crevice.

ul·tra·son·ic sca·ler

an ultrasonic instrument that uses high frequency vibration to remove adherent deposits from the teeth.

ul·tra·son·ic scal·er

(ŭltră-sonik skālĕr)
An ultrasonic instrument that uses high frequency vibration to remove adherent deposits from the teeth.

mag·ne·to·stric·tive ul·tra·son·ic de·vice

(mag-nē'tō-strik'tiv ŭl'tră-son'ik dĕ-vīs')
Electronically powered tool that used rapid energy vibrations of a powered instrument tip to fracture calculus from tooth surfaces and cleanse environment of a periodontal pocket; consists of a portable unit that contains an electronic generator, a handpiece, and interchangeable instrument inserts.
Synonym(s): ultrasonic scaler.
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She briefed me on the ultrasonic scaler since we had not learned how to use it yet.
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Additionally, dental hygienists should keep instruments sharp, use an ultrasonic scaler when possible and use ergonomically designed instruments.
The treatment for this client included a full-mouth series of radiographs, intraoral photos, selective use of the ultrasonic scaler on the mandibular anterior region, selective hand scaling to remove the remaining deposits, selective polishing, and application of a sodium fluoride gel.