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Whats the difference between debridement and a root scaling?
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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
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In brief: General vs specific.
Root scaling is a process whereby built up plaque is scraped of with a fine tool from the enamel of the tooth, generally by a dental hygienist, or dentist.
Debridement is a general term for surgically cleaning of a any wound, any place in the body at all levels of skin. For example, there are 4 stages of pressure sores: stage i-4, depending on the depth (3 goes to mm, 4 to bone). Deep ones-debride.

In brief: General vs specific.
Root scaling is a process whereby built up plaque is scraped of with a fine tool from the enamel of the tooth, generally by a dental hygienist, or dentist.
Debridement is a general term for surgically cleaning of a any wound, any place in the body at all levels of skin. For example, there are 4 stages of pressure sores: stage i-4, depending on the depth (3 goes to mm, 4 to bone). Deep ones-debride.
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Dell Goodrick
Dentistry
In brief: Terms
Sometimes scaling and root planing is called "root debridement therapy.
" however, there is also a procedure called "full mouth debridement" which is done at an initial hygiene appointment before a periodontal examination when the patient has so much tartar and plaque built up on their teeth that it needs to be removed so that a thorough exam can be done.

In brief: Terms
Sometimes scaling and root planing is called "root debridement therapy.
" however, there is also a procedure called "full mouth debridement" which is done at an initial hygiene appointment before a periodontal examination when the patient has so much tartar and plaque built up on their teeth that it needs to be removed so that a thorough exam can be done.
Dr. Dell Goodrick
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