periodontal debridement

per·i·o·don·tal dé·bride·ment

(per'ē-ō-don'tăl dā-brēd-mon[h]')
Dental procedure that includes therapeutic interventions such as scaling to remove calculus and all soft deposits, root planing to eliminate subgingival calculus and smooth the tooth surface, and root débridement to eliminate subgingival biofilm and lightly mineralized deposits.
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Research shows that Canadian dental hygiene programs continue to emphasize hand instrumentation for periodontal debridement despite evidence of improved client outcomes with ultrasonic technology.
He or she will then remove the plaque and tartar on the teeth above and below the gum, by a procedure called scaling and root planning, or another called periodontal debridement. These procedures are performed with ultrasonic instruments, and/or with sharp hand instruments to scrape the surfaces of the teeth clean.