Quadrant Scaling

This is what Quadrant Scaling looks like. "Full mouth disinfection" and quadrant scaling has become an increasingly popular technique among dentists across the country.  In a nutshell, the purpose of these procedures is to rid the mouth of unwanted pathogens, especially around the subgingival areas.  The question many dentists are posing is whether or not it is better to do a full mouth disinfection (FMD) in one sitting, or to break up the treatment sessions into quadrants, treated a week or two apart.

While studies have shown that FMD is not likely to cause any long term problems for the patient as far as sensitivity, dentists still offer quadrant scaling because of time constraints for both dentist and patient.  A lot of times, a patient's schedule simply won't allow them to sit through a full mouth disinfection treatment.  Instead, they have to come back up to 4 times.  Also, quadrant scaling allows the dentist to focus on "problem areas" rather than treating the entire mouth.  


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Typical Minimum Cost of Quadrant Scaling:
$200.00
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Typical Maximum Cost of Quadrant Scaling:
$400.00
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Average Cost of Quadrant Scaling:
$300.00
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Time Required for Quadrant Scaling:
Full mouth disinfection (FMD) can be done in one sitting or two, depending on the extent of the patient's case.  The treatment involves applying antispetics to the intra-oral niches of the mouth. Each treatment rarely lasts more than one hour. 

Quadrant scaling, also varies depending on the severity of the patient's periodontitis.  Sessions can last as little as an hour, or up to 2.5 hours.  With quadrant scaling, up to 4 repeat visits are generally necessary, unless there is only one quadrant particularly affected.


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What are the Side Effects of Quadrant Scaling?
With quadrant scaling, side effects usually include mild to moderate gum pain, along with a "dull ache" and possible sensitivity to hot and cold food and liquids.  This is generally temporary and can usually be alleviated with an over-the-counter pain reliever.
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Will my insurance company cover Quadrant Scaling?
Depending on your insurance carrier, quadrant scaling could be covered as routine preventative care.  Check with your insurance provider to see what benefits you are eligible for.
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What types of anesthesia is necessary for Quadrant Scaling?
For intensive quadrant scaling, a local or topical anesthesia can be opted for and will most like be novacaine or lidocaine.
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