Patient Preference for Ultrasonic or Hand Instruments in Periodontal Maintenance

Lloyd K. Croft, Martha E. Nunn, Lana C. Crawford, Thomas E. Holbrook, Michael K. McGuire, Mary M. Kerger, Gloria A. Zacek

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The purpose of this study was to determine if patients prefer ultrasonic or hand instruments forperiodontal maintenance. A questionnaire of 13 items was answered by 469 patients in three periodontal offices. The results showed a strong preference (74%) for ultrasonic instruments. The possibility of increased compliance because of this preference is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)567-573
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oral Surgery
  • Periodontics


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