THE EVALUATION OF THE DENSPLY CAVITRON ULTRASONIC PROPHYLAXIS UNIT ON A NAVAL VESSEL.
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The following conclusions were drawn from the study 1 The Cavitron unit can be easily installed aboard a naval vessel. 2 It does not appear that significant problems exist relative to the function or maintenance of the Cavitron aboard a naval vessel. 3 Dental technicians adapt quickly to Cavitron instrumentation. 4 A statistically significant P .001 time saving of 36 may be expected in Cavitron prophylaxes. 5 Cavitron stain removal appears to be satisfactory but inferior to conventional stain removal P .001. 6 Cavitron calculus removal appears to be equal to conventional calculus removal in light cases while incorporating the 36 time saving. 7 Cavitron calculus removal appears to be superior to conventional calculus removal in moderate-heavy cases P .002 while incorporating the 36 time saving. 8 Soft tissue damage is insignificant by either method but Cavitron instrumentation may provide less damage in moderateheavy cases P .03. 9 A strong patient and operator preference exists for the Cavitron technique. 10 No significant difference exists between the 2 methods relative to 24 hour postoperative tooth sensitivity. 11 Significant, quantitative operator differences exist. 12 In general, it may be stated that the study has found the Cavitron to be a highly useful adjunct to dental treatment aboard a naval vessel. Author