About Periodontics

about periodontics

Tucson Periodontic Expert Dr. Brien Harvey

What/Who is a Periodontist?

Periodontics literally means around (‘perio-‘) the tooth (-dontics).  It is the specialty within the field of dentistry pertaining to preventing and treating gum disease.  The tissues ‘around the tooth’ include the gums and the bone that holds the teeth in place. A periodontist is a dentist who helps patients get and keep their gums healthy.  By doing so, the bone supporting the teeth is protected from damage, and the teeth are saved. An exciting additional benefit of having healthy gums is that it will help keep your body healthy (see ‘Healthy Mouth – Healthy Body’). 

Basically, periodontitis (the ‘–itis’ means inflammation) is a chronic infection that occurs when the plaque germs are allowed to grow along and under the gum line. Over time, the localized infection, or inflammation, eats away the bone around the teeth. If left untreated, the teeth will eventually become loose and could require extraction. As with almost every disease process, the earlier periodontitis is diagnosed and treated, the better the outcome.

Call today and set up an appointment if you think you might have gum disease! 

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It has been my honor and privilege to serve my community, and to serve my profession, this last 37+ years.

I am thrilled to share some really exciting news. Following an exhaustive nationwide search and a super positive transition process over last year, Dr. Abhi Patel will be assuming control of the office starting March 1st, 2024. I will be reducing my schedule and will be seeing patients on a part-time basis.

The team and I are thrilled to have Dr. Patel with us and we are looking forward to continuing to
provide exceptional care of our patients. In all of my interactions, Dr. Patel has demonstrated the honesty, integrity and dedication necessary to be an exceptional periodontist. He is extremely competent and caring, and has the passion and skills to deliver high quality, evidence-based care. I trust him to take care of you and I believe he will be a valuable asset to our community.

Dr. Patel is a board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and Implantology. He is highly trained recognized leader in periodontics and implantology, having been an educator and researcher who has published many articles in international peer-reviewed journals. He was awarded the prestigious “Outstanding Educator Award” by the American Academy of Periodontology for his mentoring and scientific research. He serves as a committee member for the Academy of Osseointegration. Dr. Patel brings a wealth of knowledge and a superior skillset that will assure exceptional outcomes for our patients. Dr. Patel and I, along with our extraordinary team, are looking forward to continuing to provide what you have come to expect from our practice: unparalleled patient service and clinical excellence. The team has been actively involved in the transition process from the beginning, and they are remaining in place. We will all be here to assist Dr. Patel with your care.

I hope you will join me in welcoming Dr. Patel to our practice. Thank you again for your loyalty and confidence over this last (almost) four decades.

Warmest regards,
Dr. Brien Harvey

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