My husband and I both went without dental insurance or money to visit a dentist for several years. I took better care of my teeth than him and was fairly good about brushing during that time but I rarely flossed. He neither brushed nor flossed and at one point did not own a tooth brush.
We've both had initial consults. For me I have two cavities to fill and an old filling they are replacing then will be having root planing and scaling due to gum disease caused by my bad flossing habits and 3-4 mm pockets. He on the other hand needs 4 root canals, 4 crowns, 10 fillings and then a full mouth debridement. The dentist told him after the debridement he may still need root planing and scaling. I am really confused about the difference between the two.
Googling about what both things are make them sound about the same but on the dental financial sheets they are whole different things. For him they are listing debrident as one procedure and one price. For me the root scaling and planing are listed as four procedures that they are breaking into two appointments.