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Volume 24 , Issue 4
July/August 2004

Pages 370377

Comparison of the Effectiveness of Scaling and Root Planing In Vivo Using Hand vs Rotary Instruments

Serge Dibart, DMD/Diego Capri, DDS/Piero Casavecchia, MD, DDS/Martha Nunn, DDS, PhD/Ziedonis Skobe, PhD

PMID: 15446407
DOI: 10.11607/prd.00.0589

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. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2004;24:370377.)

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