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4. Periodontic and Endodontic Instruments


a. Oral Hygiene Instructions. Among other procedures to be per- formed by the periodontic service are instructions to the patient on the pro- per maintenance of his mouth (dental plaque control). This important phase of periodontal treatment often can be referred to the dental assistant assisting the periodontist, when the specialist is properly trained.

b. Emergency Treatments. Emergency treatments for incision and drainage of periodontal abscesses, acute gingivitis, stomatitis and other causes of pain will be a part of the activities of a routine day. For treating these emergencies, each periodontist chooses the instruments and methods, all aimed at relieving the emergency situation and then instituting definitive treatment.


David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015