Non-Surgical Treatment

Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment in Tucson, AZ

Scaling and Root Planing

Non-surgical periodontal therapy is the front line in our battle against gum disease, and is the first step on the road to a healthy mouth.  As noted elsewhere (see ‘Healthy Mouth – Healthy Body’), getting your mouth healthy by having non-surgical gum treatments could decrease your risk of having a heart attack or stroke, and even improves control of blood sugar in diabetes.  Basically, for someone with gum disease, non-surgical treatments will be helpful in basically every instance.  We pride ourselves in helping our patients optimize their oral health, and in most instances this does not require gum surgery.

Because inflamed or infected gums are always tender, we assure comfort during this procedure by numbing the gums before we start.  Laura and Lara, our two amazing dental hygienists, have been doing these non-surgical treatments known as root planing basically every day for nearly 30 years (between the two of them).

Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss? Have your teeth started to move, even a little bit? Call and ask about getting an appointment to see whether or not  you should  have non-surgical root planning today!

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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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