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What are the procedures for scaling and planing on root periodontics?

Q: What are the procedures for scaling and planing on root periodontics? A: Because of the Laser Protocol available, we have virtually eliminated the scaling and root planing procedure and incorporated it in a FDA cleared laser protocol known as

Posted in Scaling and Root Planing

Use of dental water irrigator following LANAP

Q: Yesterday, I went for my first periodontal planing and scaling (3 and 1/2 months after LANAP) session. I was shocked to hear from the periodontist that my back right molar still had a deep pocket depth on the buccal

Posted in LANAP, Scaling and Root Planing

Need regular cleanings because of excessive tarter

Q: I got gum disease from smoking. Pockets are 5mm. I was warned it would happen. I need to get my teeth cleaned three times a year because of excessive tarter. I received one scaling and deep cleaning, but that

Posted in Effects of Gum Disease, Gum Disease, Scaling and Root Planing, Tobacco Use

Question about the necessity of various periodontal treatment options

Q: I am a 72 year old male. I have several gum pockets at 5mm and others 4+. My dentist suggests deep root planing and cleaning. I’m OK with this. I had deep cleaning about 5 and 2 years ago,

Posted in LANAP, Pre-Treatment Questions, Scaling and Root Planing

Deep Cleaning before Laser Surgery?

Q: Do I need to have deep cleaning before laser surgery? A: If you are having LANAP, then you don’t have to go through any scaling before the laser surgery. If it is not LANAP, then you should consider getting

Posted in LANAP, Periodontal Cleaning, Scaling and Root Planing