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Dental and Oral Health (Seniors)

Root Scaling and Planing

06/21/2010

Question:

I had scaling and planing done in 2004 and have maintained periodontal disease until recent bone loss in one quadrant. A periodontal consult recommends repeating scaling and planing since I do not want surgery. Will this have any effect on a pocket with a depth of 9?

Answer:

Yes it will. The pocket will increase until you develop a major infection or even lose the tooth.

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Response by:

Alfredo  Hernandez, DDS, MS Alfredo Hernandez, DDS, MS
Assistant Professor of Comprehensive Care
School of Dental Medicine
Case Western Reserve University