Hygienists Removing Subgingival Overhangs

A better solution than scalers

Composite and amalgam overhangs are an exceptionally common phenomenon. The challenging task of removing these dangerous, hard-to-detect overhangs often falls upon hygienists, who come across them during cleanings. While discussing this with a colleague recently, he informed me that many hygienists have to attempt to trim overhangs off with scalers.

While the dedication to patients' oral health is admirable, this method is overly challenging and unreliable. The use of a traditional scaler to crush, fragment, or scrape away at a subgingival overhang risks significant irritation or even damage to the gingival tissue, and it may not completely remove the overhang. Even ultrasonic scalers can produce unsatisfactory results, with research suggesting they tend to leave exceptionally rough surfaces behind after use.

Instead, the solution is to keep the ContacEZ Hygienist Strip and the Subgingival Strip System on hand so hygienists have everything they need to perform top-notch cleanings and quickly and easily remove overhangs. The Hygienist Strip is perfect for interproximal cleaning and scaling, reaching and removing otherwise hard to reach interdental stains and calculus.

The Subgingival Strips are uniquely designed to cut or trim off overhangs and polish the affected area back to a natural finish without soft tissue damage.

Fig. 1  The Hygienist Strip is perfect for cleaning in areas that are otherwise difficult to access, using stainless steel micro-perforations to remove surface stains and hardened plaque without harming the enamel.

Fig. 1 The Hygienist Strip is perfect for cleaning in areas that are otherwise difficult to access, using stainless steel micro-perforations to remove surface stains and hardened plaque without harming the enamel.

Fig. 2  Subgingival overhangs, often left after the placement of composites or amalgams, easily accumulate plaque and jeopardize the periodontal health of the patient.

Fig. 2 Subgingival overhangs, often left after the placement of composites or amalgams, easily accumulate plaque and jeopardize the periodontal health of the patient.

Fig. 3  Using the uniquely designed Gold and Blue Narrow Subgingival Strips is a far easier and more reliable method of removal of overhangs for doctors and hygienists alike.

Fig. 3 Using the uniquely designed Gold and Blue Narrow Subgingival Strips is a far easier and more reliable method of removal of overhangs for doctors and hygienists alike.

Fig. 4  The Copper Narrow Strip polishes after the removal of an overhang in the interproximal space without causing soft tissue damage.

Fig. 4 The Copper Narrow Strip polishes after the removal of an overhang in the interproximal space without causing soft tissue damage.