Comparison of the effectiveness of scaling and root planing in vivo using hand vs rotary instruments

Serge Dibart, Diego Capri, Piero Casavecchia, Martha Nunn, Ziedonis Skobe

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Abstract

The purpose of the present investigation was to compare the effectiveness of a scaling bur and conventional Gracey curettes in vivo. Ten teeth scheduled for extraction were scaled and root planed thoroughly before extraction. The instrumented areas were observed using SEM. Scaling with a No. 12 fluted carbide bur was more effective in removing debris and plaque than were conventional Gracey curettes. Because of the aggressive nature of the process, a certain learning curve is necessary to get accustomed to bur scaling; otherwise, dentinal hypersensitivity and patient discomfort may be increased.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)370-377
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry
Volume24
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oral Surgery
  • Periodontics

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