gross scaling

gross scal·ing

(grōs skā'ling)
Older method of planning multiple calculus removal appointments that advocated removing only the large-sized calculus deposits from the entire mouth at the first appointment; no longer recommended because of the undesirable consequences that can result from incomplete calculus removal.
Synonym(s): circuit scaling.
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The bulk of original insert tips prevented insertion to the full depth of deeper pockets, leading clinicians to adopt an approach of gross scaling with power, then reappointing the patient for fine scaling using hand instruments.
Clinicians who were critically evaluating patient outcomes could see the cause and effect relationship of the two procedures, but it was many years before the notion of iatrogenic abscess formation following initial gross scaling made its way to the literature.