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 E Thunderbird Rd,
Ste 101
Phoenix, AZ 85032

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The Perfect Autumn
The Perfect Autumn
16:57 08 Oct 19
As a new patient, I recently visited this dental office and left very pleased after my first visit. Both the dentist and his staff were very warm and welcoming. I hadn't been to a dentist in a few years and this alone was adding to my uneasiness about setting up an appointment for an exam, and then dealing with which dentist to choose on top of it all? (Like many things, putting off a visit to the dentist is never a wise move.) After sorting through many reviews I then settled on Dr. Dovgan's office and was glad I did. Both Dr. Dovgan and his staff had me feeling very at ease in no time. I found this dental location to be equipped with all the latest modern technology, very stylish & clean and not rushed for time...nowadays, a pleasant surprise. (...Also, special praise here to dental hygienist "Sonata" for her gentle approach and also for really taking the time to conduct a thorough exam and cleaning of my teeth & gums. Thanks, Girl!!) Additionally, also nice was the ample, easy access parking and the comparability in pricing to the many other dentists out there. :)Upon leaving I felt I had made the right choice for myself in trusting Dr. Dovgan and his team of professionals with my dental concerns and I learned that even though my end results were not perfect ( -due to my own actions- ), they were better than anticipated and attainable. If you've (too) been playing dental roulette, procrastinating out of fear of the unknown ( -"unknown as in: "what's really going on inside my mouth??" -or- "which unknown dental office should I choose from??"- ) then this dentist and his team may be the place for you to try, as well. I wouldn't hesitate at all in recommending Dr. Dovgan's dental services. Thank you for my positive visit to the dentist!! :)Remove review
Samantha Henson
Samantha Henson
17:38 25 Apr 19
I’ve been coming to this office for the last 18 YEARS (since I was 7 years old) and I love Dr. Dovgan! I never understood how anyone could hate going to the dentist before because I loved going to mine. He’s gentle, charismatic, and extremely knowledgeable in many different aspects of dentistry. The family feeling is great with the staff and they have always been so accommodating to my scheduling needs. I loved his practice so much growing up that I decided to join the dental field myself. I’d highly recommend anyone to come to his office.
Julia Sanders
Julia Sanders
20:30 28 Aug 18
I have always hated going to the dentist, but I've finally found a place that I like going to! The staff is extremely friendly and Dr. Dovgan is great at what he does. I always have a great experience with my cleanings and today I had a filling done by Dr Dovgan and it was fast and pain free! I would definitely recommend him. Thank you for making me feel at ease
Karenlee Thorpe
Karenlee Thorpe
17:40 01 Jun 17
I have been a patient of Dr. Dovgan for approximately 2-3 years. My experiences have been extremely positive. The staff are very efficient, friendly, professional, knowledgeable and helpful. Dr. Dovgan is an excellent dentist He has assisted me with difficult dental issues. I have had absolutely no problems with his work. He is friendly, helpful, professional and extremely competent. I would have no hesitation to recommend Dr. Dovgan and his office for any dental needs.
Kathleen Garast
Kathleen Garast
19:24 31 May 17
Dr. Dovgan and every member of his staff that I have met represent the perfect blend of a highly professional, efficient and welcoming facility. They are up to date on the latest procedures, they are willing to take the time to explain what is going to be done and they stand behind the work they do always assuring my complete satisfaction. I've had a range of work done from simple cleaning as well as complex procedures and I have been totally satisfied with the care, the cost and the results. I am happy to do this review because I've had less than positive experiences elsewhere and I hope this review can guide others to a positive experience with Dr. Dovgan and his staff.
Robert Barbour
Robert Barbour
19:09 31 May 17
I have to admit, I am extremely difficult to please. Having work in large inbound call centers and dealing with nothing but complaints...all I can say about Dr Dovgan and entire staff is I have NO complaints! I only have praise and compliments! EVERYONE there is simply WONDERFUL.