If you're about to open your own dental practice, you're probably in the process of determining what type of equipment you're going to need. A good portion of your practice is going to revolve around cleanings, which means you're going to need the most state-of-the art equipment to get the job done quickly, efficiently, and thoroughly. That's where piezo stages come in. If you've never heard of a piezo stage, it's not surprising. The piezo stage is a small mechanical device found inside many intricate pieces of dental equipment.
The piezo stage allows the equipment to rotate and pivot freely, which gives you a free range of motion when performing dental procedures. The one piece of equipment that will be most important to you during cleanings is the ultrasonic scaler. With a scaler that's equipped with a piezo stage, you'll be able to rotate across the surface of the tooth, ensuring a thoroughly cleaning of the tooth and root.
If your patient has thick, hard deposits of plaque and calculus on the surface of their tooth and root structure, you're going to need a precision instrument. Without the ultrasonic scaler, you'd have to chip away at the deposits, a little at a time. The ultrasonic scaler with the piezo stage allows you to move across the surface of the tooth while the deposits receive vibrating sound waves. The sound waves break up the deposits, which make them easier to remove. The piezo stage allows the ultrasonic scaler to reach into grooves that would be missed by traditional scaling methods.
Once the plaque and calcium deposits are removed from the tooth, water is released from the scaler. The water washes the deposits out from below the gum line. An additional benefit of the ultrasonic scaler with the piezo stage is that the stream of water is able to be directed below the gum line, which ensure that debris and bacteria are completely removed.
After the ultrasonic scaler has thoroughly removed deposits from the surface of the tooth and root structure, vacuum suction can be used to evacuate the debris from inside your patient's mouth. The entire process ensures that your patient receives a thorough deep cleaning by getting rid of the plaque and bacteria that can lead to gum disease.
Now that you've graduated from dental school, and you're equipping your new office, make sure you include an ultrasonic scaler with a piezo stage.