October 7, 2011
My preference is to use it to uncover canals once the access perimeter has been defined, but I’ll give el Gordo his due on this one.
By Gordon J. Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD
All dentists and hygienists find that removal of stains from tooth enamel is an ever-present challenge. The most common stains are produced by coffee, tea, tobacco, and pigmented foods. These stains are almost impossible to remove from grooves in teeth. An air polisher (air slurry polisher) accomplishes that task extremely easily without cutting enamel. One of the most popular devices is the Cavitron Jet from Dentsply.
What about other lesser-known uses for air polishers?
Our latest DVD (V5143 Sealants and Preventive Resin Restorations — When and How) supports use of an air polisher before placing sealants. Your staff will improve their sealant technique after watching this video.
Gordon J. Christensen Guide for Preferred Clients Mar./Apr. 2011; Vol. 16 Issue 2
Click here to read more clinical tips and current research from Dr. Gordon Christensen.
Dr. Gordon Christensen is a practicing prosthodontist in Provo, Utah, and a diplomate for the American Board of Prosthodontics. He is the founder and director of Practical Clinical Courses, an international continuing education organization initiated in 1981 for dental professionals. Dr. Christensen is a cofounder (with his wife, Rella) and senior consultant of CLINICIANS REPORT (formerly Clinical Research Associates), which has conducted research in all areas of dentistry since 1976. Dr. Christensen is an adjunct professor for Brigham Young University and the University of Utah.
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