Periodontal maintenance or supportive periodontal therapy is an essential part of keeping your mouth healthy. All patients treated for periodontal disease, those who have never had periodontal disease and even patients with dental, benefit from this treatment.
Bacterial accumulations have been shown to cause tooth decay, periodontal disease and many problems with dental implants when left on teeth and gums. Even motivated patients with meticulous home care still leave areas of hidden plaque accumulation.
When bacterial plaque remains on teeth or implants it hardens into calculus which requires professional removal. If not removed in a timely manner, the plaque and calculus harbor bacteria and toxic by-products that damage adjacent gums, bone, teeth and implants. It has been shown that generally 3 month intervals for periodontal maintenance is adequate to prevent new or recurrent problems. Certain factors effect the maintenance interval such as health status, cigarette smoking, certain medications, effectiveness of home plaque removal, success of previous treatment and susceptibility to disease recurrence which can increase the need for frequent maintenance visits.
During your one-hour appointment, our gentle, skilled hygienists review your health history and update your records. Dental x-rays are assessed and updated if not current or if you are having problems. We thoroughly examine your gums and teeth and perform an oral cancer screening. They are then meticulously cleaned with a personalized regimen using dental scalers, ultrasonic machines and air polishers.
If any changes are noted for the worse in your teeth, gums, bone or implants, there are many options that can be utilized to keep your oral health optimal. Early detection is the key to minimize treatment needs. If teeth are found to have decay, fractures or failing restorations, we will promptly notify your general dentist of the problem to allow for predictable correction. We always recommend an “alternating recall” where the patient rotates their cleanings between our office and their general dentist’s office to allow more critical monitoring of teeth and restorations. It is vital that patients on an “alternating recall” stay on schedule with both our office and the dentist’s office.
We are proud of our maintenance services and are often told by our patients that they “have never had a better cleaning in their life.” We have many patients referred by friends that have never had periodontal problems for our outstanding preventative services.