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Receding Gums Ask The Dentist Corinne Scalzitti Question:
Teeth Shaving: My dental hygenist wants me to have two of my teeth shaved because I have 6mm pockets.

She explained everything but now I'm wondering if I really need to have it done. And then they want to see me every four months, which of course my insurance won't cover.

Are there other options? Can I just let it go? ... Visitor from PA

Answer:
I don't understand what "shaving" the teeth means. If they want to do gum surgery and take away the gum tissue, I think this is a bit severe for 6 mm pockets.

In my practice we will do non-surgical treatments for this including PerioChip or Arestin to kill the bacteria that are causing the inflamation that causes the pockets. I also use the PerioLase laser, but probably would not use this on a few 6 mm pockets.

Whatever treatment you choose, do continue the 4 month recall schedule in spite of the fact that the insurance company won't pay. Your dentist and you, not the insurance company, should decide your best treatment.

Your disease will worsen without frequent professional treatmenta and follow-up.

Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD

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