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Periodontists we work with

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Periodontists we work with

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Properly managing your dental care can take a team of dentists, specialists and laboratories. For our patients that need the help of a periodontist, we are proud to work with Dr. Jeremy Wilgus of Camarillo Periodontics. His office combines the technology, expertise and compassion that our patients seek. 

If you have conditions such as deep pockets or periodontitis you may be referred to Dr. Wilgus. He specializes in a number of surgical and non-surgical techniques to improve gum health and repair damage. Beyond these services, his office offers various procedures to adjust and re-contour the gums. For some patients, a full cosmetic reconstruction will include visits to Dr. Wilgus for crown lengthening or grafting to create an ideal gumline. He is also an expert in placing implants in sensitive areas, such as the anterior teeth. If you would like to know more about periodontal services or why a patient might benefit from the services of a periodontist, please call our office! 

 

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Dental Questions: What do probing numbers mean?

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Dental Questions: What do probing numbers mean?

A periodontal probe in healthy gum tissue.

A periodontal probe in healthy gum tissue.

At your last dental exam, you may have heard the dentist or hygienist say numbers while scanning your teeth with an instrument. The numbers were grouped in triplets and called out after each tooth ("three-two-three, two-one-two"). These findings correspond to the space between your teeth and gums. They are typically measured using an instrument called a periodontal probe, which is pictured at the start of this article. Each color change corresponds to three millimeters, creating a sort of measuring stick for the mouth. 

The numbers you hear are the millimeters that the probe slips below the gum line. A reading from one to three millimeters is generally considered healthy. Measurements four and above indicate the presence of a periodontal pocket, where the bone has recessed away from the tooth. There are many different treatments for periodontal disease, ranging from deep cleanings to bone grafts, designed to halt or reverse increasing pocket depths. If you would like to know more about dental exams, cleanings or periodontal services, please give our office a call!

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Video Blog on Periodontal Services

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Video Blog on Periodontal Services

Greetings, my name is Dr. Kari Ann Hong, and I have a family dentistry practice, where I see patients from all age groups.  Approximately ⅓ to ½ of the population at large is affected by periodontal disease.  Periodontal disease is when the bacteria in the mouth causes loss of the bone surrounding the teeth.  From a patient’s perspective, gum disease can be characterized by bleeding gums, loose teeth, bad breath, and a feeling of deposits stuck to the teeth.

As a dentist, I determine if someone has periodontal disease by a combination of evaluating the bone levels and build up on a dental x-ray, measuring the gum health with something called periodontal probing depths, and by a visual inspection of the quality of the gum tissue.  Periodontal probing depths are a measurement of the height of the gum tissue to where the tissue is attaching to the tooth.  In health these measurements are 1-3mm.  Periodontal disease is diagnosed as mild, moderate, or severe and this is primarily based on the amount of bone loss present.

I diagnose a service called scaling and root planing when the probing depths are 4mm or more, the gum tissue bleeds when touched, bone loss is present, and there is tartar build up under the gum tissue.  Scaling and root planing is done with local anesthesia and is usually billed by quadrant and/or the number of appointments required to adequately remove all of the build up. In severe cases, scaling and root planing can take as many as four separate appointments.  

There are some practices that will recommend procedures called irrigation,  localized antibiotic placement (Arrestin), or laser treatment to help with the treatment of periodontal disease.  Irrigation involves squirting an antibacterial prescription mouth wash called Chlorhexidine or Peridex around the teeth.  Arrestin is an antibiotic called doxycline that is injected directly into the deeper pocket depth areas.  Laser treatment involves shining a specific wavelength of light in the pocket area to kill the bacteria.  In my opinion, the irrigation and Arrestin treatment are helpful at the time of treatment, but do not have enough long term benefits to justify doing the procedure.  Laser treatment is an effective way at killing bacteria and has longer acting benefits than the irrigation and Arrestin, but is not a cure all for periodontal disease.  Those with periodontal disease need to adhere to a consistent professional periodontal maintenance routine in order to maintain their dental health.

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