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Is pulling your teeth necessary to treat periodontal problems?
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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No always
Some periodontal disease is treated with gingival surgery, cleaning, medications, grafts and doing everything to preserve the teeth.
At times a tooth may be too far gone and have root problems that would necessitate removal. Do all you can to have the greatest of oral hygiene and follow closely with your dentist/oral surgeon/periodontist. Hope it goes well!

In brief: No always
Some periodontal disease is treated with gingival surgery, cleaning, medications, grafts and doing everything to preserve the teeth.
At times a tooth may be too far gone and have root problems that would necessitate removal. Do all you can to have the greatest of oral hygiene and follow closely with your dentist/oral surgeon/periodontist. Hope it goes well!
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Dr. Danny Proffitt
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In brief: Depends
If there is not sufficient bone structure, or if the tooth does not have enough tooth structure to rebuild, then extraction is needed.
Otherwise the gum problems are treated with a variety of periodontal options.

In brief: Depends
If there is not sufficient bone structure, or if the tooth does not have enough tooth structure to rebuild, then extraction is needed.
Otherwise the gum problems are treated with a variety of periodontal options.
Dr. Douglas Tavenner
Dr. Douglas Tavenner
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Dr. Jason Cataldo
Dentistry - Periodontics
In brief: No
With today's advancements in periodontal disease treatment, a laser can be used to treat teeth previously indicated for removal.
The best person to help you with this decision is a board certified periodontist who also uses the l.A.N.A.P. Laser protocol. Some teeth may still have too much supporting bone loss that nothing can be done however. Good luck!

In brief: No
With today's advancements in periodontal disease treatment, a laser can be used to treat teeth previously indicated for removal.
The best person to help you with this decision is a board certified periodontist who also uses the l.A.N.A.P. Laser protocol. Some teeth may still have too much supporting bone loss that nothing can be done however. Good luck!
Dr. Jason Cataldo
Dr. Jason Cataldo
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Dr. R Lee Hinson
There are general dentists that are not board certified that have extensive experience with LANAP
Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
In brief: Sometimes
It depends on the extent of the periodontal disease.
At a certain point extraction may be the only option but if it is treated early enough this can often be avoided. See your dentist to be evaluated properly.

In brief: Sometimes
It depends on the extent of the periodontal disease.
At a certain point extraction may be the only option but if it is treated early enough this can often be avoided. See your dentist to be evaluated properly.
Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
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