Townie® Poll

Power Scalers and Instrumentation

Poll conducted from 12/20/2007 To 1/14/2008

Do you use power scalers exclusively on routine dental hygiene visits?
291 total votes
21%
a. Yes
79%
b. No
Have you ever purchased your own power scaler?
266 total votes
12%
a. Yes
88%
b. No
How long have you been in practice?
266 total votes
21%
a. Less than five years
13%
b. Five to nine years
24%
c. 10-19 years
42%
d. More than 20 years
How many years have you been using power scalers?
265 total votes
21%
a. Less than five years
16%
b. Five to nine years
29%
c. 10-19 years
34%
d. More than 20 years
Which do you use more?
258 total votes
34%
a. Power scalers
66%
b. Hand instruments
Do you use high volume evacuation when power scaling?
264 total votes
8%
a. Always
60%
b. Never
32%
c. Sometimes
Do you use an antimicrobial in the power scaler lavage?
262 total votes
5%
a. Always
58%
b. Never
37%
c. Sometimes
Which type of power scaler do you prefer?
264 total votes
5%
a. Sonic scaler (e.g. Star Titan, KaVo SONICFlex)
7%
b. Autotune magnetostrictive ultrasonic (e.g. USI)
70%
c. Manual tune magnetostrictive (e.g. Cavitron, Parkell)
18%
d. Piezoelectric ultrasonic (e.g. Satalec, EMS, Vista, ProDentec Pro-Select)
How often do you replace power scaler tips/inserts?
263 total votes
1%
a. 0-3 months
13%
b. 4-6 months
50%
c. 7-12 months
37%
d. When they break
Who decides power scaler purchases for your office?
265 total votes
29%
a. RDH
20%
b. DDS
43%
c. RDH and DDS/DMD
7%
d. Purchasing/supply manager
Do you use metal power scaler tips on implants?
264 total votes
5%
a. Yes
95%
b. No
Do you use sonic scaler plastic prophy tips on implants, veneers and sensitive root areas?
262 total votes
22%
a. Yes
51%
b. No
27%
c. Unaware of plastic tips
Which power scaler do you prefer?
252 total votes
71%
a. Dentsply Cavitron
2%
j. Star Titan Sonic Scaler
1%
k. USI
1%
b. Vista Piezoelectric Model
5%
c. EMS Piezoelectric Model
0%
d. KaVo SONICFlex
0%
e. Odontoson-M
7%
f. Parkell Magnetostrictive Model
1%
g. Parkell Piezoelectric Model
11%
h. ProDentec Pro-Select
0%
i. Satalec Peizoelectric Model
Which curettes do you prefer?
264 total votes
44%
a. Graceys
51%
b. Universals
6%
c. Something else
Which do you use more?
262 total votes
46%
a. Curettes
54%
b. Scalers
How many instruments do you have in a typical set-up?
265 total votes
17%
a. Less than five
67%
b. Five to seven
15%
c. Eight to 10
1%
d. More than 10
As a dental hygiene student, did you try different handle sizes?
261 total votes
36%
a. Yes
64%
b. No
As a dental hygiene student, did you try different brands of instruments?
263 total votes
32%
a. Yes
68%
b. No
Do you use cassettes for your instruments?
264 total votes
33%
a. Yes
67%
b. No

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