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Root planing

Root planning is a dental procedure for smoothing the roughened root surface or cementum of a tooth after subgingival curettage or scaling, as part of periodontal therapy. It helps to establish the specialized tissues (periodontium) surrounding and supporting the teeth. It is administered for treating severe gum disease. The tools used in this procedure are specialized dental curettes to debride the root surface and the periodontal pocket (i.e. the space that forms between the gum and the root surface due to local tissue inflammation).


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