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Can a dental ultrasonic scaler hurt?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Ultrasonic scalers: Most of my patients find ultrasonic scaling slightly uncomfortable and then only for some of their teeth. Some patients use nitrous oxide\oxygen analgesia (sweet air) and with it are quite comfortable. A few request or require local anesthesia.
Dr. Stephen St james
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Yes!: They can hurt while they are being used on you and they can potentially hurt the tooth. If the ultrasonic has a tuner and is being used by a knowledgeable clinician, they save time and are great. If it is painful, then ask for anesthetic which might increase your treatment time and cost but it's better than leaving tartar on your teeth.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Does it hurt when using a dental ultrasonic scaler?

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Dr. Mark Venincasa
Cosmetic Dentistry 35 years experience
Possibly...: If your gums are inflamed you may be sensitive to the ultrasonic scaler..... In some situations the mouth can be anesthetized prior to this procedure.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How can I ask my dental hygienist not to use the ultrasonic scaler?

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Dr. Charles Kattuah
Dentistry 23 years experience
Just do it. : Although ultrasonic scalers work really well when used properly they are not necessary to do a good cleaning. If your teeth or hearing is too sensitive to this type of scaler there is no reason your hygienist can't accommodate your request to do it by hand.
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What to do if I do not want my dental hygienist to use the ultrasonic scaler?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Hand scaling: Ask that your teeth be cleaned with hand scalers.

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