Does periodontitis require scaling treatment?
May 8, 2013 11:02 AM Subscribe
Does periodontitis require scaling treatment? I just saw a dentist who said I have bone loss in my teeth but didn't clean them or refer me to a hygienist or periodontist--does that seem normal?
posted by Polychrome to Health & Fitness (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I just went to a new dentist to get a tooth fixed; I don't trust my old dentist for various reasons and after this check-up, it seems my mistrust was well-placed.
One of the issues he found is that I apparently have bone loss of 4-5mm in my teeth. He said I have juvenile periodontitis (I'm 30) and told me to make sure to floss, brush twice a day for 3 minutes, and use anti-bacterial mouthwash. I already do (and have done) all of these things. If the bone loss continues my teeth will fall out and I'll need dentures but he said I might have 10-20 years before that happens (god).
The bone loss was apparent on the x-ray but he said you couldn't tell just by looking at my teeth. I have been trying to figure out what to do about this (since I'm already doing everything the dentist told me to do) and nearly everything I come across says that dentists will generally recommend scaling/cleaning to remove plaque to stop the bacteria from causing bone loss. This dentist didn't recommend that or clean my teeth. I'm in the UK, on NHS, and no dentist has cleaned my teeth in 4 years (I go to the dentist every 6 months for a check-up). My last dentist would always tell me that my teeth were already so clean, that there was nothing for her to clean.
I have been googling this for the past few hours since getting back from the dentist and am exhausted and freaked out. Obviously I couldn't question the dentist about all this at the time as I didn't know then what I know now. Do I need to keep trying new dentists? Does this sound right, that I could have that much bone loss and not need scaling/cleaning? Any help is really appreciated. I don't want dentures when I'm 40.