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What is your favorite and least favorite brand of ultrasonic scaler and why?

What is your favorite and least favorite brand of ultrasonic scaler and why? Our office loves the Cavitron, but we’ve had chronic leaking issues with 2 machines and Dr. Is fed up with the fees to fix it.



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I’m guessing you mean machine and not tip. I currently use a dentsply cavijet and recommend dentsply but would reconsider the prophy jet. The prophy jet is what always seems to be the problem with this unit. Cap replaced three times due to design flaws, another part went out (related to prophy jet just can’t remember what it was now). I like using the prophy jet but hardly do. I leave the air disconnected until I need to use it because of spontaneous prophy powder “blizzards”. I would rather have dentsply unit without prophy jet. For tips I love hu-friedy swivel triple bend! Just in case you are wondering lol

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I used a few different ones. Currently on about year five with a hu friendy model. The hu friendy ones do have annoying mist….no matter how you set the setting you’ll either have a hot tip or a free facial for your patent. But one nice advantage is the hand piece, foot petal and power supply can all be unplugged and replaced or swapped out to figure out what part is the problem and we’ve gotten replacement parts over nighted. I personally rather have a Cavitron because I feel it’s a better product.

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Yes, I meant the machine. Our office has Cavitrons and we love the way they work, but about every 6 months they have issues! Hi Friedy ones have SO much power even on the lowest setting and the mist is quite a lot for patients to deal with. Thank you for your feedback. Our office also loves the triple bend, swerve tips 😉

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I have a Cavitron, and I love it. Our office also has a ProSelect Platinum by Zila which I used to use, but hated. Our other hygienist uses it now and doesn’t mind it. I just found that the tips wear out like nobody’s business. My Cavitron ones seem to last a LOT longer.

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So interesteing to read this. In my 27 years as a hygienist (10 in perio practice), I have used Piezo, Cavitron, Star Titan Scaler, and LeClean Machine (by Parkell). I have found them all to be effective at removing calculus. The Piezo seemed noisier and more sensitive for patients. I would rate the LeClean Machine and Cavitron as my favorite. The Titan was okay, but the tips weren’t as adaptable and it seemed less powerful. Recently, the practice I work in got rid of our Cavitron (because CDC guidelines recommend sterilizing the handle between each patient and we recently went to having our sterilization done outside our clinic in a central sterilization location, making turnaround time substancially longer. Therefore we were going to have to order A LOT of handles and cassettes to transport them in.) The Cavitron was replaced with the Hu-Freidy Swerv, which has a handle that is not able to be sterilized (making the CDC guideline not applicable). And it is truly the worst one by far I have ever used. Our 30 year old Cavitron I used was way better than this. It just has no power. Even with the heavy duty, brand new tip on maximum power, it just bounces over the calculus. I am ready to cry and I want my Cavitron back. I rarely give anything a bad review, but I would hate to have anyone buy this product. My debridement appointments are taking me twice as long as before, and I usually just give up and do mostly hand scaling. And I work in a Public Health setting, so the patients I see are very periodontally involved.

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