I have a follow-up question. My dentist told me that I had severe gingivitis and that she was going to do a full debridement on me and then that was it. However there was evaluation of my gums before the debridment and I have finish the treatment. however she didn't ask me to come back to access my gums after treatment. While reading up it seems like the debridement happens when the gums cannot be access so a examination cannot be access until the debridement is done. Is this something that I should be concerned with. It seems like she did the exact opposite.

Your definition of full mouth debridement is correct.  The dentist should do a re-evaluation of your gums after performing indicated perio therapy for you to assess the condition if your gums post treatment.  Hence, my suggestion to you is to get a second opinion fron a periodontist if you are unsure of the clinical result with your current dentist.



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John Kong, DDS,


I am a board-certified periodontist and an expert on dental implants. I am currently in private practice at Better Living through Dentistry. I can answer questions related to the treatment of periodontitis (gum disease), dental implants, sinus lifts, bone grafts, gum grafts, surgical exposure of teeth, and minor orthodontics.


I have been practicing periodontics and placing dental implants since 2006 on the Upper West Side, Manhattan, NY and in Forest Hills, Queens, NY at Better Living through Dentistry. I am currently an attending and Chief of Implantology at Flushing Hospital Medical Center.

American Board of Periodontology, American Academy of Periodontics, American Dental Association, New York State Dental Association

Wesleyan University / Amherst College, BA; SUNY Stony Brook Dental School, DDS; University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Certificate in Periodontics; New York University, 1-year program in Full-Mouth Reconstruction; Certified in Invisalign

Awards and Honors
Northeast Society of Periodontists Achievement Award

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