Accessing the Base of the Pocket

By Michaela Nguyen, RDH, MS

Elimination of biofilm and calculus is paramount to stabilizing the periodontium and preventing the progression of periodontal diseases. These soft and hard deposits incite inflammation and may lead to the destruction of surrounding tissue and bone. Subsequently, periodontal pockets develop and grow deeper; becoming more complex and challenging to manage. To control disease and avoid increased probing depths from occurring, it is crucial for clinicians to gain access and remove all deposits from the base of the pocket. The clinician must comprehend and perform techniques that will allow them to achieve this goal in closed scaling and root planing procedures.

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