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Volume 23 , Issue 6
November/December 2003

Pages 567573

Patient Preference for Ultrasonic or Hand Instruments in Periodontal Maintenance

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

PMID: 14703760
DOI: 10.11607/prd.00.0550

The purpose of this study was to determine if patients prefer ultrasonic or hand instruments for periodontal 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. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2003;23:567573.)

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