Debridement is a dental procedure that removes very thick deposits from your tooth. The deposits are most generally from a heavy build-up of tartar and plaque because you have not been to the dentist in a very long time.
The dentist usually suggests this procedure because the deposits are so thick he cannot detect decay or infection and/or gum disease because the deposits are so thick. During the debridement procedure, local anesthesia is applied and the teeth are cleaned with an ultrasonic device that involves the use of water and a very high frequency of vibrations to dislodge the build-up of deposits from your teeth.
The process should only last for one single office visit, but the duration of the visit may vary depending on the severity of the deposits on your teeth and how many need the debridement procedure.
Are There Risks Involved with the Procedure?
Of course, as with any medical procedure, a dental debridement has its own risks involved. However, this will not apply to everyone as everyone is a unique case. The risks include, but are not limited to bleeding gums, swelling and numbness of the gums, sensitivity to hot and cold, pain, headache, post-surgical infection, TMJ joint pain, gum tissue shrinkage. It is strongly advised that you consult your dentist immediately if you develop any of these after surgery complications. It is important to talk to your dentist about any and all risks that may be involved with this procedure and to keep and schedule your regular appointments with your dentist before and after the procedure is done.
We encourage you to call our office if you feel like you may want to discuss a debridement procedure or the dentist has previously discussed this procedure with you and you have additional questions and want to come in for some follow up before making a final decision to have the procedure. Whatever your situation may be, we are here to help and look forward to speaking with you.