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I am a new graduate. Is it okay to probe right after Prophy or SRP ?



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In my opinion, it is most ideal to probe before a prophy or SRP because it provides you with a road map in terms of treatment needed (along with radiographs, clinical observations, etc.). In terms of damage to the tissue due to probing, considering the nature of a prophy (healthy tissue, a preventive treatment) probing afterward shouldn’t do damage to the tissue. However, probing after SRP treatment should be done at least 4-6 weeks after treatment because the junctional epithelium is fragile and needs time to heal (to a long junctional epithelium). If you still have your periodontology books from hygiene school, this may be a good time to review them, as this is just a short review in a nutshell! I also want to add that I’m proud of you for asking questions that you are unsure of because, as a dental hygienist, you should never stop learning!

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