What is a Debridement?
Debridement is done on people who have heavy plaque and tartar build-up, otherwise known as calculus, usually because they haven't visited a dentist in several years. The plaque and tartar accumulation on the teeth is so heavy that your dentist can't see the teeth to examine them. Before he or she can do an exam, the plaque and tartar must be removed through debridement. Some people who are very sensitive to pain might need local anesthesia for this procedure. Debridement is done with a combination of hand instruments and an ultrasonic device. This device uses water and high-frequency vibrations to dislodge plaque and tartar from the teeth. Debridement is usually the first phase of comprehensive periodontal treatment. After completing the debridement, your dentist will re-evaluate your teeth to determine the appropriate course of therapy, which may involve scaling and root planing or periodontal surgery. If you have more questions about full mouth debridement treatment or if you think that is it something you would be interested in, give Power Ranch Dental a call at (480) 988- 2282. We would love to get you in for an evaluation today!