Prophylactic Units, Dental
Definition : Dental equipment designed to dislodge plaque, calculus, and stain from teeth. These devices typically consist of an electronic unit that includes a generator that may operate at sonic (6 kHz is typical) or ultrasonic frequencies (from 25 to 42 kHz), a water spray, a handpiece with a probe that includes interchangeable specialized tips (e.g., universal, periodontal, sickle [for fine debridement and/or sensitive teeth]), a switch, and a cable to connect the handpiece to the generator. Dental prophylactic units are intended for preventive dentistry; they are used for prophylactic periodontal, pedodontic, and orthodontic procedures. Dedicated units using sonic and/or ultrasonic frequencies are available.
Entry Terms : "Dental Irrigators"
UMDC code : 16692