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Do I really need Atridox for my gums?

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Old 11-05-2007, 03:29 PM   #1
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Do I really need Atridox for my gums?

I went to the dentist today for a regular checkup, and for the first time since I've been going there (about 2 years) the dentist checked the depth of the gum pockets around my teeth. Most of the depths were 2-3mm, but on some of my back molars I had 4-6mm depths. The dentist recommended a deep cleaning, irrigation, and an antibiotic treatment called Atridox (an antibotic that is injected into the pockets and releases medication over a 7 day period).

Now from what I've read, the Atridox is a good product, but the dentist will charge $255 per quadrant -- the whole treatment will run me almost $1200 (insurance doesn't cover any of the Atridox treatment). Do I really need the Atridox? Will a good deep cleaning and rigorous home care (water pik, mouthwash, etc.) give me the same result? Any help is appreciated!

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Old 11-06-2007, 08:10 AM   #2
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Re: Do I really need Atridox for my gums?

Sounds like a way to line your dentist's pockets. I mean if you don't have any kind of infection then what do you need this for, especially if you're having any kind of problems.

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