Objective: The objective of this study is to evaluate the effect of three different
polishing procedures on surface roughness occuring after sonic scaling.
Material and Methods: Dental calculus on 60 extracted teeth stored in distilled water was removed using a sonic device. Surface roughness was measured by profilometer and then samples were divided into 3 groups. Polishing was applied to the samples in first group by rotary rubber cup and prophylaxis paste, to the samples in second group by air-flow, and to the samples in third group by stainbuster bur. The surface roughness measurements taken were recorded by profilometer at every stage.
Results: A significant reduction was determined in surface roughness in the groups used prophylaxis paste and stainbuster bur and the reduction was similar between these groups. In the group used air-flow, a significant reduction could not be detected in the surface roughness.
Conclusion: Stainbuster bur may be an alternative method for traditional polishing material, because of providing the ease of application such as air-polishing techniques and providing smooth surfaces like prophylaxis paste. Clinical Relevance: Stainbuster bur may be an alternative method for traditional polishing material, because of providing the ease of application such as airpolishing techniques and providing smooth surfaces like prophylaxis paste.
Neyran Yilmaz Tuzcel, Murat Akkaya and Fatma Karacaoglu