Debridement (dental)

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For medical debridement, see Debridement.
Debridement (dental)
Intervention
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Teeth before (top) and after (bottom) a thorough mechanical debridement
ICD-9-CM 96.54

In dentistry, debridement refers to the necessary removal of plaque and calculus that have accumulated on the teeth in order to maintain oral health.[1] Debridement in this case may be performed using ultrasonic instruments, which fracture the calculus, thereby facilitating its removal, as well as hand tools, including periodontal scaler and curettes.[citation needed] Debridement may also be performed using saline solution (further information needed)[citation needed].

References[edit]

  1. ^ Page, RC; Schroeder, HE (1976). "Pathogenesis of inflammatory periodontal disease. A summary of current work". Laboratory investigation 34 (3): 235–49. PMID 765622.