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John W. Dovgan DDS, PC

Periodontal Treatment for Prevention and Healing

Keeping your teeth for a lifetime is a worthwhile goal—one that can be accomplished with the help of regular dental care. Because periodontitis is a common cause of tooth loss, it is important to diagnose and treat gum disease in the early stages. Dr. John Dovgan in Phoenix, AZ, offers periodontal treatment and preventive care to help patients maintain optimal oral health. If Dr. Dovgan detects the symptoms of gum disease during a routine exam, he can take the necessary steps to treat and eradicate the disease before it can progress and cause further damage.

An illustration of a normal tooth v. one with periodontitis
Scheduling regular exams can help stop the advancement of gum disease, or gingivitis, into a chronic condition called periodontitis. 

About Periodontal Disease

Gingivitis is a fairly common oral health condition that is caused by the sticky plaque that naturally accumulates on teeth and gums. Symptoms of gingivitis can include mild redness, swelling, and bleeding when you brush. Untreated, the condition can turn into periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease that can lead to bone and tooth loss.

Symptoms of periodontitis include:

  • Increased swelling and bleeding
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Receding gum tissue
  • Loose teeth

Periodontal disease has been associated with serious medical problems, including heart disease and strokes; therefore, it is very important to seek dental care if you notice symptoms of gum disease.

Patients with dental implants must also take care to treat periodontal disease, since in rare cases, the bacteria can affect the integrity of the implant. Peri-implantitis can cause destruction of the bone surrounding the implant, ultimately leading to failure of the restoration.

Periodontal Care by Dr. Dovgan

Gingivitis can be kept in check by maintaining a strict schedule of regular professional cleanings, along with practicing good oral hygiene habits. Dr. Dovgan may advise you to use antibacterial rinse and toothpaste as part of your oral hygiene routine. We can also provide laser treatment for bacteria reduction. Our laser technology includes a special tool that significantly reduces anaerobic bacteria along the lining of the mouth and gums.

Dr. Dovgan can determine your periodontal status with a visual and manual exam. He will check for pockets that form in gum tissue, which should normally adhere snugly to the surface of teeth. A measured depth of 4mm or more indicates connective tissue loss and signals the potential for bone loss.

Periodontal disease has been associated with serious medical problems, including heart disease and strokes; therefore, it is very important to seek dental care if you notice symptoms of gum disease.

Moderate periodontitis can be treated with a deep cleaning that includes scaling and root planing. Dr. Dovgan can use an ultrasonic hand instrument to remove bacteria and tartar from roots and inside deep pockets. He may also prescribe antibiotics along with specific instructions for home care. If you have serious gum disease, it is recommended that you see us every three to four months for maintenance treatment.

For serious periodontitis, Dr. Dovgan recommends laser assisted periodontal treatment (LAPT) with Biolase. Using this minimally invasive laser, he can remove inflamed tissue and calculus pockets quickly with minimal discomfort and no bleeding. The treatment promotes healing and new attachment of healthy gum tissue to the root surface.

Extreme cases of gum disease may require traditional surgery with bone grafting. Dr. Dovgan can perform full mouth reconstruction to return function and beauty to a compromised smile. We also offer effective sedation dentistry services to keep you comfortable and relaxed during all treatments.

Schedule Your Regular Exam

Dr. Dovgan is a dentist who inspires confidence and respect. Known for his high standard of care, he is frequently called upon to testify as an expert witness, assisting in the adjudication of court cases pertaining to dentistry. He is an excellent choice to help you achieve and maintain ongoing oral health. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dovgan, please call our office at (602) 867-1899 or contact us online today to speak to a friendly staff member. 

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3841 East Thunderbird Rd
Suite 101
Phoenix, AZ 85032

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