PerfectPearl Polishing Those Pearls

Author : Dental Product Shopper
Published Date 06/03/2010
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Today most hygienists embrace selective polishing, and some elect to forget polishing all together! This is understandable, given the research showing that pumice can microscopically damage tooth and restorative surfaces. However, there are several reasons to reconsider polishing:

1. stain removal

2. leaving a high gloss surface that resists plaque and stain formation

3. applying remineralization or desensitization products.

Today most hygienists embrace selective polishing, and some elect to forget polishing all together! This is understandable, given the research showing that pumice can microscopically damage tooth and restorative surfaces. However, there are several reasons to reconsider polishing:

1. stain removal

2. leaving a high gloss surface that resists plaque and stain formation

3. applying remineralization or desensitization products.

The recommended technique for stain removal is to graduate from a heavier grade polish (if needed) to a finer grade, finishing with an ultra fine. This should leave the most esthetic, smooth, plaque-resistant surface. Unfortunately, using different grades of poishing for one patient is unrealistic for many clinicians.

In place of polishing, some hygienists use hand or ultrasonic scalers to remove stain. Compared to polishing, these instruments can remove more tooth structure, damage restorations, and leave rough surfaces that rapidly re-stain and invite plaque formation.

Kerr TotalCare recently provided a great alternative for polishing: PerfectPearl Prophy Paste and PerfectPearl Prophy Angle.

PerfectPearl Prophy Paste

Most paste is made of pumice, whose rough particles can lead to grooves in enamel, restorations, and root surfaces. PerfectPearl is made of perlite, glass-like volcanic particles that are flat like shale. These particles have a Mohs hardness of 5.5-7. Perlite particles degrade and flatten during polishing, leaving small, rounded, flat particles that create an exquisite gloss. The paste automatically transitions through the recommended grades of polish to achieve smooth, bright surfaces.

PerfectPearl Prophy Angle

The PerfectPearl angle is a precision contra-angle, designed with a strategic grip. The internal mechanics include beveled gears and a drive shaft that lines up perfectly with the clasping mechanisms of the motor handpiece. This precision fit avoids shaving plastic off every time an angle is attached to and removed from the handpiece. The most noticeable feature of the prophy angle is the smoothness and sturdiness. To try the angles for free, visit www.kerrtotalcare.com/pearltrip to participate in the PerfectPearl Challenge.

The PerfectPearl angle has the most unique prophy cup available. Its narrow profile widens toward the cup opening, with grooves on the inside and outside. This drives the paste toward the tooth on the inside of the cup and makes the outside of the cup an effective polisher, fitting perfectly into concave areas like the fossa. One may simply roll the cup from one tooth to the next or polish adjacent teeth simultaneously. The edge of the cup is non-ribbed so that the cup can flare easily under gingiva without traumatizing tissue.

Some of these features may be found in other products, but the PerfectPearl system is unique because the angle and paste combine so many ideal features.

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