Effects of single-visit full-mouth ultrasonic debridement versus quadrant-wise ultrasonic debridement

J Clin Periodontol. 2005 Jul;32(7):734-43. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-051X.2005.00775.x.


Background: The aim of this randomized controlled clinical trial was to determine the effects of single-visit full-mouth ultrasonic debridement versus quadrant-wise therapy.

Material and methods: Thirty-six subjects with chronic periodontitis, were randomly allocated to three groups--quadrant-wise ultrasonic debridement, single-visit full-mouth ultrasonic debridement with povidone iodine and single-visit full-mouth ultrasonic debridement with water. Whole-mouth plaque, bleeding on probing (BOP), pocket depth and attachment level were recorded before treatment and 1, 3 and 6 months post-treatment. Plaque and saliva samples were collected for microbiological analysis.

Results: After treatment, all groups showed significant improvement in clinical parameters. Full-mouth treatments resulted in similar improvements in full-mouth mean plaque percentage, probing pocket depth and probing attachment level as conventional therapy. When data were analysed based on pocket depth and tooth type, there was no difference between groups in probing depth reduction or attachment gains. The full-mouth groups demonstrated greater reduction in BOP% and number of pockets > or =5 mm and the total treatment time was significantly shorter. The detection frequencies of periodontal pathogens in plaque and saliva showed slight changes with no difference between groups.

Conclusion: Single-visit full-mouth mechanical debridement may have limited additional benefits over quadrant-wise therapy in the treatment of periodontitis, but can be completed in a shorter time.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Anti-Infective Agents, Local / therapeutic use
  • Chronic Disease
  • DNA, Bacterial / analysis
  • Dental Plaque / microbiology
  • Dental Plaque / therapy
  • Dental Scaling / methods*
  • Episode of Care
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Periodontal Index
  • Periodontitis / therapy*
  • Povidone-Iodine / therapeutic use
  • Saliva / microbiology
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Ultrasonic Therapy


  • Anti-Infective Agents, Local
  • DNA, Bacterial
  • Povidone-Iodine