A member asked:

In the oral hygiene and dentistry fields, is debridement the same thing as a "cleaning"?

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Dr. Joel Doyon answered

Specializes in Dentistry - Cosmetic

No: No. Debridement means removal of large calculus particles that are attached to the teeth to initiate some gingival healing. A cleaning is the removal of all plaque and calculus on the clinical crown.

Answered 1/20/2014


Dr. Andrew Killgore answered

Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry

Not exactly: A debridement is a procedure that is performed when the periodontal condition of the gums cannot be determined. This is usually an appointment where the bulk of the calculus is removed from the teeth followed by a brief healing period. The patient is brought back for a periodontal evaluation and then the proper diagnosis and treatment can occur.

Answered 12/18/2014



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