I am doing some research and getting conflicting information. I have three Class V composite restorations. My concern is whether on not to use a Cavitron Ultra Scaler on them or not. Some articles say they will damage the restoration. Others say they are fine to use. Which is correct?
This is a great and important question. There is a reason you are getting conflicting information. While some things, such as a power Prophy Jet or acidulated fluoride will damage dental restorations such as porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, and composite tooth bonding every single time, a Cavitron instrument depends on the hygienist using the tools.
If the hygienist is smooth with the motions they use and light with their touch, there will be no damage to your restorations. However, if they don’t do this artfully, it can damage not just dental work, but even gouge the cementum of your tooth. This will leave you with sensitive areas of your tooth and leave it vulnerable to calculus.
When it comes to this type of situation, my advice is to ask your hygienist how she would use Calvitron on a Class V Restoration. If you are satisfied with her answer, you should be fine. If she doesn’t seem confident or doesn’t feel it needs to be handled any differently, ask her to stay away from the teeth with the restorations with that tool.
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