Full Mouth Debridment

Definition to Patient: Sometimes, a new patient or an existing patient that has not been consistent with his or her oral health periodontal maintenance therapy will present with so much plaque and calculus built up on their teeth that it is impossible to completely visualize the teeth, or to probe the depths of the patient's periodontal pockets without pain and bleeding. 

Clinical Information For Patient: When this is the case, a normal prophylaxis is not possible, and a more aggressive procedure called a full mouth debridement is necessary.  It involves scaling to remove the calculus and plaque from the teeth. This will make it possible for the patient's gums to begin the process of healing, and just as importantly, it makes a thorough oral examination possible.

Outcome Assessment: An appropriate initial interval for follow-up care and maintenance should be determined by the clinician.