Redefining conservative: Explaining the need for perio treatment to patients
It's late Thursday afternoon, and the last patient of the day is Mr. Jones, a 64-year-old gentleman who is in the practice for a new-patient exam. Mary, the hygienist, tells Mr. Jones she will record pocket depth measurements before the doctor comes in to perform a full examination. Mr. Jones has recently retired to the area and has not seen a dentist in four years. As Mary probes, she notices that Mr. Jones has generalized bleeding and 4 mm pockets; two 5 mm pockets on tooth No. 31; and one 6 mm pocket on tooth No. 29. The radiographs indicate slight bone loss in that area.
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