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By: Pat O.
Southern Arizona Periodontics, P.L.C.
From the moment you walk in the door you are greeted by friendly and professional staff. Because you're going to the Periodontist you already know that your teeth are probably not in the greatest shape and wondering about what kind of procedures you'll have to have, but Dr. Sharp was patient with all my many questions, which made me comfortable with all procedures I had to have. It was a long process and I was very happy with the end result. Tina, the dental hygienist is the best. She does a great job with such a gentle touch. I would, without question, highly recommend Dr. Sharp's office at Southern Arizona Periodontics.
By: Tiffany stone M.
Southern Arizona Periodontics, P.L.C.
I have had Dr. Sharp as my Periodontist for around 20 years and I go 4 times a year to Wanda for my teeth cleaning. She does a wonderful job and takes a whole hour to do all that she does. When I once went to my Husband's dentist who took exactly 15 minutes to clean my teeth it certainly gave me a chance for a comparison. Believe me when I say you surely get your money's worth. Besides that Wanda & I have become friends over the years and I truly look forward to seeing her and the delightful gals in the front. Wonderful, knowledgeable and friendly. You are definitely in good hands here!
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By: Russ K.
Southern Arizona Periodontics, P.L.C.
My wife was fit into Dr. Cole's appointment schedule then graciously changed her appointment time due to her hospitalization. Dr. Cole and his staff have always been great in how we have been treated, and this time was no different. After explaining my wife's treatment options, Dr. Cole performed the agreed upon treatments. (When I reference Dr. Cole, I mean to include all of his staff that were a part of this appointment.) We highly recommend Dr. Cole for anyone needing a periodontist!
By: Joanne M.
Southern Arizona Periodontics, P.L.C.
I have been a patient of Dr. Sharps for over 20 years and have always been satisfied with the services provided by her office. I have had 5 tooth implants along with cleaning every 3 months and I have always been completely satisfied. When I had a bleeding episode after surgery Dr. Sharp and assistants came back in the office to take care of me. I do take warfarin due to a heart problem so the bleeding was from medication rather than Dr. Sharp or staff. Joanne Mayer
By: C C.
Southern Arizona Periodontics, P.L.C.
I have been seeing Dr. Sharp for periodontal issues for 5 years after moving here from Florida. She is the best I have ever been to see. She explains what is happening and how it can be helped and/or corrected. Tina has been cleaning my teeth for the same length of time and what a wonderful job she has done! I have total confidence in both of them to keep my smile showing my own teeth for a very long time.
By: Nancy M.
Southern Arizona Periodontics, P.L.C.
I have been with this practice for over 20 years and we have managed my periodontal disease so that I still have all my teeth at age 77. The facility is very pleasant as are all the personnel. The doctors are sympathetic to the costs of dental care and try to make suitable arrangements for payment.
By: Linda D.
Southern Arizona Periodontics, P.L.C.
Have been with Dr. Cole for many years and the Dr and Staff have always been friendly and helpful as well as very competent. They greet me with a smile and have always been quick to answer questions and to get us in in the event of an emergency. Would highly recommend this office!
By: Lynn M.
Southern Arizona Periodontics, P.L.C.
I’d had periodontal surgery before coming to Tucson. With the expert care I’ve been receiving and frequent cleaning, my condition has not deteriorated. I would recommend both Tina and this practice to anyone!!
Tips & Advices
To prevent periodontal disease, it's important to brush your teeth after meals, since this prevents food debris from getting lodged between your teeth and gums and causing plaque. Daily flossing should also be a key part of your oral health regimen, since this removes food particles and plaque that a toothbrush may not be able to reach. Smoking increases the risk of gum disease, so avoid this habit if you want to maintain healthy gums.
Certain periodontal treatments are completely painless and gentle enough to be administered without anesthesia. Treatments such as deep scaling, root planing, and those involving surgery are performed with the help of a local anesthetic or a sedative.
One of the most common types of treatments performed by periodontists is gum grafting. This is a surgical procedure that grafts your gum tissue to reverse gum recession, and it can prevent further recession and bone loss. Periodontists also perform laser treatment for gum disease, dental implant installation, pocket reduction procedures, and dental crown lengthening.
In periodontal treatment that involves surgery, many periodontists use a local anesthetic that works to completely numb the area being treated. Oral or IV sedation can also be used, and with this approach, you'll either be completely asleep, or drift in and out of sleep while the procedure is being performed.
Gum disease can be treated with the help of a dentist or periodontist. If gum disease is in its early stages, a professional cleaning will remove tartar before it leads to infection that can cause a more serious condition. With advanced cases of gum disease, infected gums can be treated with scaling and root planing.

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