By Kathleen O. Hodges, RDH, MS
Successful scaling and root planing is key to improving outcomes for patients with periodontitis. Periodontal instrumentation can be highly challenging in patients with advanced periodontitis, especially when debriding first molar teeth.
While this article will focus on technique, two of the first considerations for hand-activated instrumentation for first molar teeth are the suspected anatomy of the root and appropriate instrument selection. These topics were covered in “Hand Instrumentation of First Molar Teeth,” published in the May 2018 issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene.1
* References can be found in the original article via the link below.