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Title: The assessment of ultrasonic instruments in dentistry
Author: Lea, Simon Christian
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2004
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Introduction: Ultrasonic scalers are an accepted alternative to hand instruments for the removal of plaque, calculus and stains from teeth. Although the use of these instruments is widespread, the vibrational motion of scalers is not fully understood. Their high frequency, low displacement amplitude oscillations have previously been difficult to analyse. Laser vibrometry is a non-invasive technique for measuring the vibration characteristics of oscillating objects. Aim: The aim of this research thesis was to utilise scanning laser vibrometry to assess a range of dental ultrasonic systems under various operating conditions similar to those employed clinically. … Conclusions: The use of scanning laser vibrometry revealed differences in the operation characteristics of different ultrasonic scalers. Clinicians and researchers should be aware of the variability in the performance of ultrasonic scalers since this may affect both clinical procedures and future research. Further research into the design and operation of ultrasonic scaler tips is needed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.563933  DOI: Not available
Keywords: RK Dentistry
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