What is Periodontal Maintenance?
Periodontal maintenance is important for all patients who have gum disease. In its early stages, gum disease creates tiny pockets around the teeth, allowing debris and plaque to become trapped between the gum and tooth. Over time, these pockets get larger and deeper, further separating the gums from the tooth. This eventually leads to tooth and bone loss when proper maintenance was ignored.
Why is Periodontal Maintenance needed?
Periodontal maintenance, which often involves a scaling and root planing, is necessary to keep the disease from progressing further. The scaling and root planing, often referred to as a deep cleaning, helps to clean out those small pockets around the teeth. This allows the gums to heal on their own and come closer to the actual teeth. Maintenance of gum disease is essential in preventing it from getting to the point where you lose your teeth.
Who’s a candidate for Periodontal Maintenance?
Any and every patient who has gum disease is a good candidate for periodontal maintenance. This maintenance is beneficial whether you have mild gum disease or advanced gum disease. It can even be effective for patients who have gingivitis and who want to prevent their gum inflammation from getting worse. Maintenance is easy, quick and fully customized for each individual patient.
What can you expect with Periodontal Maintenance?
The scaling and root planing procedure requires a local anesthetic to make the process comfortable for you. We clean out and remove any debris from the gingival pockets around each tooth. The roots will then be carefully smoothed so that the gums can heal closer to the teeth. You will be scheduled to come back so that the other side of your mouth can be treated in the exact same manner. You can benefit from periodontal maintenance because it helps to save your teeth and gums from further infection and problems, providing you with a full and healthy smile.
If you think you might need periodontal maintenance, call us today and we can get you in for a convenient consultation appointment.