Dr. Eric Linden, DMD, MSD

595 Chestnut Ridge Road, Suite 7 Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey 07677

(201) 307-0339

Serving New Jersey

Monday 8:30AM–5PM
Tuesday 9:30AM–6PM
Wednesday Closed

Thursday 8:30AM–5PM
Friday 8:30AM–4:30PM
Saturday & Sunday Closed

Question about the necessity of various periodontal treatment options

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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:

  1. irrigation at $75/quadrant
  2. laser at $50/quadrant
  3. 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.

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