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Do I really need root planning?

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Posted by: dee999  (10 years ago)

Hello everyone,

I recently moved overseas and I went to a new dentist for my dental cleaning, which I usually do every 6 months. She measured and assigned number for gum pockets. She said I have pockets of mostly 2-3mm, a couple 4mm and one 5mm. She asked me to come back in for a root planing.

Am I really a candidate for this procedure? It has just been 6 months since I saw my old regular dentist and he never mentioned anything about root planing before. Thank you for your inputs.
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Posted by: mdhola  (10 years ago)
Root planning (or deep cleaning) is just like regular cleaning except in case of deep pockets (usually 4 or more), dentist some time use different hand instruments that can clean deep pockets. These deep pockets many times difficult to clean with ultrasonic instruments and often requires extra efforts and time on dentist side and so slightly more charge as well!

I also believe that recommendation for these both procedures also differ from dentist to dentist and of course from country to country as well. However the ultimate goal and objective of both treatments are same with slight different in procedure.

Hope this will help!
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