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Hi Siegelman,

I received two periodontal treatment plans. The first plan wants to do 11 pockets with Arestin @$65 per pocket. Teeth 2, 3, 7, 8, 14, 18, 19, 20, 28, 29 & 30. In addition, the Four Quadrants will be done at $250.00 each. (D4381 and D4341 respectively). The second plan will not use Arestin. Instead, The Four Quadrants will be done at $250.00 each(scaling and root Planing) and also the dentist wants to do an Occlusal Adjustment @ $395.00.

Which plan should I go with? Do I need a third opinion?

Thanks.

Lew

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Lew, without knowing what your diagnosis is or what the extent of your disease is, it is hard to know which plan of treatment is best.  However, I can tell you that the Arestin costs the doctor about $12 for each ampule that is used.  It takes about 5 seconds to deliver it. If you can send me via e mail your digital x rays that would help.  I also think that the use of Arestin in this case leads me to recommend you get another opinion from a periodontist.  It doesn't mean it is incorrect to use it, but another opinion would be helpful.

Good luck
Dr. Siegelman

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Bryan M. Siegelman, DDS

Expertise

I can answer any question relating to the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. I can also answer questions relating to the placement and restoration of dental implants.

Experience

I have been practicing Perioodontics for the past 20 years. I limit my practice to periodontics and implant dentistry. I am a diplomate of the American Academy of Periodontology. I am in private practice in Pennsylvania and am on staff at the local hospital in my home town. My practice website is www.gumsolutions.com

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American Academy of Periodontology, Academy of Osseointegration, American Dental Association, American College of Dentists, Pennsylvania Dental Association

Education/Credentials
I have a BS from Muhlenberg College, I did a general practice residency at St. Joeseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Paterson, NJ. I received my DDS degree and specialty certificate from the University of Maryland Dental School.

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