5 and 6mm pockets


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Hello, I’m new to the forum.

I’m 72 years old and I didn’t start having periodontal probe measurements done in my mouth until 8 years ago, after I changed dentists. My pockets were always 2, 3 and a few 4 mm’s.

When the coronavirus occurred, I was afraid to go to the dentist. After 12 months I broke down and made an appointment. My pocket probe readings, taken by the hygienist, were up to 5 mm & 6 mm’s on my back capped molars, and more 4 mm’s than I had before.

I’m meticulous about brushing, flossing, Proxa brushing, antibacterial rinsing, and wearing a night guard. I don’t what else care I could do at home.

I’m worried and I don’t know what should I do next?
 
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honestdoc

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No, not the same hygienist. In fact, my dentist sold his practice and retired. The whole staff is new. The dentists don't own the practice, it's more of a clinic now.
There is a chance if you are in the US, the hygienist gets production pay for Scaling & Root Planing. If so, it is to his/her advantage to record deeper probe readings to justify those procedures. Get different opinions at another clinic if your last dentist sold his practice. The new owner may be hungrier.
 
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