Full Mouth Debridement
This is the removal of plaque and calculus (“tartar”) from above the gumline (supragingival) and below the gumline (subgingival) which would keep the dentist from performing a comprehensive oral evaluation. This is an initial procedure and does not eliminate the need for other periodontal treatment or cleanings. A full mouth debridement is usually the first phase of periodontal treatment. After the debridement is complete, the dentist will examine the patient’s tissues and determine if more extensive cleaning is necessary.