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Site-specific ultrasonic inserts/tips (UITs) can increase access to difficult-to-reach areas and may help to improve periodontal therapy outcomes. How does your knowledge stack up on adapting site-specific UITs?

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During nonsurgical periodontal therapy, a blended approach with hand and powered instrumentation is optimal to achieve full mouth debridement.

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Deep posterior periodontal pockets or shallow pockets in the presence of attachment loss require a wide-diameter ultrasonic insert/tip to effectively remove light to moderate or residual calculus deposits with oral biofilm.

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Right- and left-curved ultrasonic inserts/tips can improve access to such areas because they can adapt to root structures found in posterior teeth, such as deep periodontal pockets, furcations, concavities, and depressions.

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Site-specific ultrasonic inserts/tips are which of the following?

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Which of the following is the length of an ultrasonic stroke?

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Ultrasonic instrumentation on low power is sufficient for biofilm removal only, not calculus.

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Covering the entire root surface with controlled, overlapping strokes may help reduce the likelihood of burnished calculus.

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    Anssi DuMontier says

    Contemporary ultrasonic units/tips are fully capable of removing calculus even on low settings.
    Most units should be operated using low(er) settings, and power should only be added when needed and necessary. This approach will work wonders in preventing unintended natural tooth surface damage.

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