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how many people see a periodontist for scaling?

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Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 29 years experience
Perio scaling: . It is very common to see a periodontist for scaling. Usually what happens is the dentist or hygienist will measure around your teeth with a perio. Probe and call out numbers 1-3 are usually healthy numbers, 4 and above usually indicate some sort of active periodontal disease. You also could have heavy build up on your teeth.The periodontist can scale all that off, and get your disease in check.
Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Buianswered
Dentistry 23 years experience
A lot of people: Many patient suffers from refractory periodontitis, failing periodontal therapy, or even severe periodontitis often were referred to periodontist for treatment. Many times, the periodontist will engage in the treatment such as scaling and root planing, or he or she may delegate the scaling and root planing but still is responsible for the outcome of therapy.

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