Q: I am a 72 year old male. I have several gum pockets at 5mm and others 4+. My dentist suggests deep root planing and cleaning. I’m OK with this. I had deep cleaning about 5 and 2 years ago, with maintenance cleanings 2-3 times a year. I’m bad about flossing. Three additional treatments have been recommended after deep cleaning:
- irrigation at $75/quadrant
- laser at $50/quadrant
- arestin implants 6@$45 each.
I’m ok with this, but are any of these really necessary? If so, which, and in what priority?
A: I would go to a Laser trained Periodontist who does LANAP and get an evaluation. They should be able to diagnose you and give you a treatment plan that makes sense.