root planing

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A treatment procedure designed to remove deposits on the periodontally involved root surface, including the intentional removal of cementum or surface dentine that is rough, impregnated with calculus, or contaminated with toxins or micro-organisms; it was formerly considered necessary to remove cementum impregnated with bacterial endotoxins to facilitate periodontal healing following surgery, but this is now not accepted clinical practice. Root planing may be undertaken using manual or ultrasonic instrumentation.

Subjects: Dentistry.

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