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Old 11-02-2015, 10:11 PM
 
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I have been diagnosed with Periodontal disease and I am very worried that I am going to lose my teeth soon. I have two pockets in the back that are 6's and then some 4's, 5's, 3's, and 2's.


I am scheduled to come in this Wednesday for a full scaling/root planning and they are also going to use a laser (which they told me was optional, I opted in for it, because apparently it gets more bacteria).

They have been trying to convince me that I won't lose my teeth and I just need to have this done and then my routine cleanings every 3 to 4 months. I do have some minor bone loss as well, but I don't remember how many.

I have asked them if I should just do surgery instead and they said it wouldn't be necessary.

Are they lying to me about their success rate? Can I keep my teeth? What is my prognosis?

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Old 11-03-2015, 08:46 AM
 
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You may need a gingival graft, that really helps. It's no fun, as they scrape skin from the top of your mouth and wrap it around the bad tooth (teeth).........I had one several years ago on my left canine, today I'm getting another one done on my right canine.....Thrills........
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Old 11-04-2015, 05:48 AM
 
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If you are seeing a general dentist, I strongly recommend getting a second opinion from a periodontist. 6mm is pretty deep for a pocket and a specialist should look at it.
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Old 11-05-2015, 06:20 AM
 
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please allow the doctors on this website to diagnose you
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Old 11-12-2015, 04:27 AM
 
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I would have them do a general cleaning first. Come back in another month and have them check the pockets. I am always on the side of conservative treatment.

I have issues with hygienist's doing deep cleanings when a periodontist used to do those.
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Old 11-29-2015, 05:21 PM
 
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I had the procedure done, and my gums actually are starting to look kind of pink. The pockets that are 6mm were on my wisdom teeth, which I will need to have removed. With regular maintenance, do you think I can keep my teeth? They keep trying to calm me down. The hygienist even said, "You're not that periodontally involved." Is this just their way of comforting me as I decline? I'm sorry, but I don't trust a lot of people and I am paranoid a lot of the time.
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Old 11-29-2015, 06:54 PM
 
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Those pockets aren't bad at all. I've had it since my teens with pockets generally from 4-6; it's a genetic thing, not a hygiene thing. None of my teeth are even loose, about two decades later. Look to see if you can reduce your general inflammation via diet and that should help a lot. When I eat sugar/gluten my gums flare up. Also cut soda if you haven't already, and don't smoke. Get regular cleanings and you should be fine.
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Old 11-30-2015, 12:53 PM
 
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Good healthy pockets are 2-3 mm. Anything over 4 should get your attention.
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Old 11-30-2015, 01:47 PM
 
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1) Get your full-mouth scaling/root planning at your general dentist office
2) Come back in 4-6 weeks to re-measure the pockets
3) If there are any areas where pockets have not resolved - off to the periodontist for surgery
4) After surgery, 3-month cleanings alternating between your general dentist and your periodontist for as long as you want to have teeth.
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Old 11-30-2015, 05:25 PM
 
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Well, clearly deep pockets are not ideal. No one said they were. But (alone) they're not necessarily cause for panic. Imminent tooth loss isn't automatic.

Yes, inflammation can also lead to a host of other health issues. I'm well-familiar with those. No one wants periodontal disease. However... sometimes we jump to the worst-case possible scenario when we are first diagnosed with something.
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