Dental aeropulators are a key piece in prophylaxis. Although it has been empirically proven that dental aeropolishing is a very effective means of removing stains and bacterial plaque, this method has not been fully accepted by a large percentage of dentists. It is important to keep abreast of new developments in the sector, as this type of tool has evolved a lot in recent times and now we do find in the market aeropulators with lower percentage of abrasion without reducing the effectiveness. Whether you already carry out this type of treatment in your clinic, or if you are thinking of incorporating it, from Dentaltix we recommend you to read this article to discover the main differences between air polishers and be able to choose the most appropriate one.
What is the real benefit of the dental aeropulator in prophylaxis?
Air polishers are devices that expel pressurized water, mixed with sodium bicarbonate, causing a smooth polish on the surface of the tooth without excess wear. Its application increases dental aesthetics leaving a feeling of teeth even whiter, despite not being a tooth whitener.
Although they have their drawbacks due to their abrasion and dissipation of dust, the main advantages of dental air polishers are:
- High efficiency and speed in oral cleaning
- Deep removal of tartar and bacterial plaque
- Does not wear down the enamel
- Painless application without unpleasant sounds
- Anti-inflammatory effect on gums
Dental air polishers: sodium bicarbonate or glycine powder?
Opponents of the aeropolishing technique support their theory by pointing out the great abrasive effect of sodium bicarbonate in the aeropulator. Surface abrasion of the root and gingival tissues are its biggest drawback. But its great capacity to reduce subgingival biofilms in periodontal pockets is very effective in prophylaxis treatments.
A less abrasive alternative is glycine powder and maintains the same effectiveness as sodium bicarbonate.
- Glycine is five times less abrasive than sodium bicarbonate
- Sodium bicarbonate and glycine clean with the same level of effectiveness
- Glycine leaves a sensation of softness similar to the dew of water on the surface
- Both types of powder can be chosen in different flavours
- Glycine prevents the burning sensation left by bicarbonate in the patient.
- Sodium bicarbonate air polishers are usually priced lower than glycine powder
What is the most popular dental air polisher for your practice?
High-end air polishers:
One of the most recommended air polishers is Mectron's Easy Jet Perio designed for use with both sodium bicarbonate and glycine powder. In this way you can choose the most suitable type of powder for each treatment.
- Those who cannot receive excessive doses of sodium
- Allergies in patients in need of prophylactic treatments
- Mectron Glycine Powder , a low-abrasive glycine powder for supra- and subgingival cleaning, is available for the replacement of glycine powders, especially suitable for the Easy Jet Perio aeropulator
Also noteworthy is the Easy Jet Pro aeropulator, with sodium bicarbonate dispenser, autoclavable tip and in a super light format, just 125 grams.
NSK's Prophy Mate Neo also stands out in the world of prophylaxis. Its lightness and ergonomics significantly reduce cleaning time compared to the rest.
With a slightly cheaper price but of excellent quality, the MK Dent Prophyline aeropulator, stands out for its ergonomic design, fully designed for comfortable handling and effective cleaning of the tooth surface. The German manufacturer MK Dent is always a guarantee of quality and durability.
At the same level as the Prophyline is Micron's Quick Jet air polisher.This model is characterized by its sensational precision and perfect direction of bicarbonate powder. Its ergonomics and precision make it stand out in the market.
Cheaper air polishers:
Technoflux's bicarbonate aeropulator, compatible with the Midwest - 4 P II hose, is in a cheaper range of aeropulators. This aeropulidor is truly effective and is especially indicated for prosthodontic and orthodontic treatments.
Bader's Air Jet Ultimate air polisher, ideal for removing soft plaque and stains. This model is characterized by its constant pulverization and its Midwest and Multiflex connection.
And of course, the Ecopulimax of RMaster. This aeropulidor is very economical and works with bicarbonate powders. Its great quality-price ratio places it among the most interesting. The high level of cleanliness and the simplicity of maintenance that goes along with it corroborate its effectiveness.
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