Periodontal maintenance is a procedure that we at Reich Dental Center regularly perform on clients suffering periodontal disease or gingivitis.
Rather than the regular cleaning done for people with healthy teeth and gums, periodontal maintenance is designed to help stop the progression of periodontal disease.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
This is an oral disease that occurs when bacteria from accumulated plaque builds up within the gum tissue, above and below the gumline.
With healthy teeth and gums, some plaque may form and need to be removed during cleaning, but the amount is typically minimal and above the gumline.
With gingivitis and periodontal disease, the bacteria build-up in the gums causes pain and inflammation. The body fights against the inflammation, destroying gum and bone tissue.
Deep pockets form beneath the gumline, causing symptoms of swelling, pus build-up, and bleeding.
With gums receding and bone eroding, teeth may begin to shift, become loose, and eventually fall out.
The combination of bacteria and bleeding also increases the risk of infections getting into the bloodstream and traveling to other parts of the body to wreak havoc.
What Is Periodontal Maintenance?
Periodontal maintenance is a treatment prescribed to combat periodontal disease.
What Happens During Periodontal Maintenance?
The hygienist will remove tartar buildup from the spaces between your teeth and gums along the whole length of each tooth to the point where the root, bone, and gum meet.
They will keep a close eye on each pocket depth, and if there's any inflammation or infection, they will cleanse these pockets with antiseptic drugs.
Patients are advised to receive scaling and root planing every three months to preserve gum health and eliminate the hazardous bacterial overgrowth resulting from periodontal disease.
The post-periodontal procedure plan can include pain medications, antibiotics, instructions for brushing the teeth, rinsing the mouth, handling swelling and bleeding, and some recommendations for soft diets.
Benefits of Periodontal Maintenance
One of the most obvious signs of gum disease is yellowing teeth. This discoloration can be embarrassing for many people so a deep clean can help improve the appearance and restoring confidence.
By halting the progression of gum disease that causes teeth to fall out, it further aids in preserving aesthetics.
Even the most intense sessions of brushing and flossing teeth at home can do little to remove bacteria and calculus buried beneath the gumline.
The professional work our team does to remove bacteria, tartar, and calculus helps to save your teeth, improve appearance, and reduce incidences of bacterial infections in other parts of the body.
Halitosis, or bad breath, is one of the common symptoms of periodontal disease and can affect confidence. Once we get rid of the bacteria and tartar, and clear out trapped rotting food stuck in the gum pockets, you should experience a big improvement in fresh breath.
Is Periodontal Maintenance Forever?
Periodontal disease cannot be cured but can be managed or controlled.
To keep it under control and maintain the health of your mouth, you will be required to undergo regular periodontal maintenance therapy.
Periodontal maintenance therapy is done every three months for the rest of your life; this time frame is not arbitrary.
Can a General Dentist Do Periodontal Maintenance?
General dentists will advise their patients to contact a periodontist if they exhibit symptoms of gum disease.
Periodontal maintenance cleanings are frequently alternated between the offices of your periodontist and your general dentist.
This enables dentists on your dental team to keep a careful eye on your gum tissue, gingival health, and other dental issues.
Can Deep Cleaning Cure Periodontal Disease?
Dentists concur that deep cleaning is the best non-surgical method for treating periodontal disease, which involves periodontal scaling and root planing.
Deep cleaning involves removing infected gum line regions, which leads to the elimination of periodontal disease.
How Often Do You Need Periodontal Maintenance?
Your dentist and dental hygienist will advise you to undergo periodic maintenance cleanings, typically every three months, after your periodontal treatment is finished.
The pocket depths will be closely examined during these cleaning appointments to ensure they are in good condition.
Schedule Periodontal Deep Cleaning with Your Smyrna, GA Dentists Today!
If you are suffering from swollen or bleeding gums and are concerned about keeping your teeth healthy, please call us at 770-435-5450 to schedule a consultation. Our doctors will examine your oral health and offer the right periodontal maintenance therapy to improve your oral health and maintain it for years to come.
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