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Full mouth debridement: Code D4355

The gross removal of plaque and calculus that interfere with the ability of the dentist to perform a comprehensive oral evaluation. This preliminary procedure does not preclude the need for additional procedures.


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Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about full mouth debridement:

What is a full mouth debridement?

Full mouth debridement is a dental procedure that involves the removal of excessive plaque and calculus (tartar) from the surfaces of the teeth. This is typically done when there is a significant accumulation of plaque and calculus, making a comprehensive examination difficult.

Why is a full mouth debridement necessary?

A full mouth debridement is often necessary when there is extensive buildup of plaque and calculus, obstructing a thorough examination of the teeth and gums. It allows the dentist to assess the overall oral health and plan further treatments as needed.

How is a full mouth debridement different from a regular dental cleaning?

While a regular dental cleaning (prophylaxis) focuses on the removal of plaque and calculus from visible tooth surfaces, a full mouth debridement is more extensive, targeting areas that are difficult to access due to heavy buildup.

Who may require a full mouth debridement?

Individuals with severe plaque and calculus buildup, especially those who have neglected regular dental cleanings, may require a full mouth debridement. It is often recommended for new patients or those returning after an extended period without dental care.

Is a full mouth debridement a one-time procedure?

Yes, full mouth debridement is typically a one-time procedure aimed at creating a clean and clear oral environment. After the debridement, the dentist can conduct a comprehensive examination and determine the necessary ongoing dental care.

Does a full mouth debridement hurt?

The procedure is usually performed with local anesthesia to minimize discomfort. While some sensitivity or mild discomfort may be experienced afterward, it is generally well-tolerated.

What happens after a full mouth debridement?

After the debridement, the dentist will conduct a thorough examination of your oral health. Depending on the findings, further treatments, such as periodontal therapy or restorative procedures, may be recommended.

How can one prevent the need for a full mouth debridement?

Regular dental cleanings and good oral hygiene practices, including brushing, flossing, and using an antiseptic mouthwash, can help prevent excessive plaque and calculus buildup, reducing the likelihood of needing a full mouth debridement.

Is full mouth debridement covered by dental insurance?

Coverage can vary depending on the dental insurance plan. It’s advisable to check with your insurance provider to understand the coverage details for full mouth debridement.

Can a full mouth debridement be done at any dental office?

Yes, full mouth debridement is a standard dental procedure and can be performed at most dental offices by a dentist or dental hygienist.

Remember that individual experiences may vary, and it’s essential to consult with your dentist for personalized information and advice based on your specific oral health needs.