A study to determine whether cavitation occurs around dental ultrasonic scaling instruments


Lea, S. C., Price, G. J. and Walmsley, A. D., 2005. A study to determine whether cavitation occurs around dental ultrasonic scaling instruments. Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, 12 (3), pp. 233-236.

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    The aim of this investigation was to determine if cavitation occurred around dental ultrasonic scalers and to estimate the amount of cavitation occurring. Three styles of tip (3 x TFI-10, 3 x TFI-3, 3 x TFI-1) were used, in conjunction with a Cavitron SPS ultrasonic generator (Dentsply, USA), to insonate terephthalic acid solution. The hydroxyl radical, [OH], concentration, produced due to cavitation from the scaler tips, was monitored by fluorescence spectroscopy. Cavitational activity was enhanced at higher power settings and at longer operating times. The tip dimensions and geometry as well as the generator power setting are both important factors that affect the production of cavitation. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsLea, S. C., Price, G. J. and Walmsley, A. D.
    DepartmentsFaculty of Science > Chemistry
    Publisher StatementDRAFT_94_A_study_to_determine_whether_cavitation_occurs_around_dental_ultrasonic_scaling_instruments_DCK.pdf: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Ultrasonics Sonochemistry. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, 12(3), 2005,
    ID Code4791
    Additional InformationID number: ISI:000224891000014


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