Simple Steps To Better Dental HealthBack
space placeholder.space placeholder
New reviewed by Columbia banner
Debridement

space placeholder.space placeholder
space placeholder.What Is It?.
space placeholder.What It's Used For .
space placeholder.Preparation .
space placeholder.How It's Done.
space placeholder.Follow-Up .
space placeholder.Risks .
space placeholder.When To Call a Professional .
space placeholder..
space placeholder

space placeholder
space placeholder.What Is It?
space placeholder

Debridement is the removal of large amounts of plaque and tartar from your teeth.

space placeholder
space placeholder.What It's Used For
space placeholder

Debridement is done on people who have heavy plaque and tartar (calculus) build-up. This usually happens because they haven't visited a dentist for a long time. If the plaque and tartar are really heavy, your dentist may not be able to see the teeth to examine them. First, the plaque and tartar must be removed through debridement.

space placeholder
space placeholder.Preparation
space placeholder

Some people who are very sensitive to pain might need a numbing liquid applied to their gums or an injection of a local anesthetic for this procedure. Often, people who avoid the dentist have some form of dental phobia. Some form of anesthesia may help to make them more comfortable.

space placeholder
space placeholder.How It's Done
space placeholder

Debridement is done with hand instruments or an ultrasonic device. This tool uses water and high-frequency vibrations to dislodge plaque and tartar from the teeth.

space placeholder
space placeholder.Follow-Up
space placeholder

Debridement is usually the first phase of periodontal treatment. Next, your dentist will examine your teeth and recommend treatment. This may involve scaling and root planing or gum surgery.

space placeholder
space placeholder.Risks
space placeholder

If your gums are inflamed, they will bleed during the procedure and they may feel sore after that. In some cases, your teeth may be sensitive to temperature (hot and/or cold) after debridement. This occurs when the removal of plaque and tartar exposes tooth roots.

space placeholder
space placeholder.When To Call a Professional
space placeholder

Call your dentist if:

  • You have bleeding that doesn't stop
  • You have excessive swelling or discharge from the area
  • Lymph nodes beneath your lower jaw or in your neck become swollen
.
.

© 2002-2014 Aetna, Inc. All rights reserved. All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician before starting a new fitness regimen. Use of this online service is subject to the disclaimer and the terms and conditions. External website links provided on this site are meant for convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement. These external links open in a different window.