Patients who have periodontal disease or have seen its effects go through a process known as periodontal maintenance.
Regular periodontal maintenance is crucial to halt the advancement or reduce the recurrence of this disease, unlike a typical routine dental cleaning.
What is Periodontal Maintenance?
Periodontal Maintenance is the set of procedures to prevent the recurrence of periodontal disease. Beginning with a scaling and root planning operation, periodontal disease patients may have dangerous toxins eliminated. The harmful germs that cause gum disease may return within three to four months following the first treatment. As a result, our dentist will schedule one of your cleanings for periodontal maintenance therapy every three to four months.
To stop gum disease from reoccurring, tartar and plaque must be removed above the gum line. If not, the plaque hardens into calculus accumulation and releases toxic chemicals. Below the gum line, dangerous germs will grow.
What Happens During Periodontal Cleaning Procedure?
X-rays will probably be the first step in our cleaning and maintenance program. These exhibit the condition of the gum line support system. The teeth are then expertly cleaned using a scaling tool or ultrasonic equipment. Our dentist or hygienist takes care of the tooth below the surface after completely removing all plaque from the crowns. Administration of a local anesthetic is required if the plaque is significant to numb the tissue and enable a deeper scaling of the teeth. The root-planning process could be another degree of maintenance. It is scaling that is far deeper in the root. Our dentist may also recommend antibiotics after the teeth and teeth roots have been cleaned and polished.
The area will become less swollen and sensitive, and its color will return to a lovely, healthy pink. The tissue pulling away from the tooth is the other obvious problem. It is known as a pocket. Large pockets are a detrimental side effect of gum disease and are very difficult to reverse. With the help of halting and limiting future illness and breakdown, periodontal maintenance can stop any further damaging progress.
Periodontal Maintenance vs Regular Cleaning
A dental hygienist will clean and polish your teeth above the gum line during prophylaxis, often known as a routine dental cleaning. The American Dental Association suggests scheduling routine dental appointments at regular intervals decided by a dentist. Every six months, most dentists advise routine cleanings. Since its main goal is to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, this is understandable.
In contrast, therapy involves cleaning both the top and bottom of your teeth. The goal of periodontal maintenance therapy is to keep periodontal disease from recurring. Three to four times a year, patients typically come in for extensive cleanings at our Metairie dental practice.
Can Periodontitis be Cured?
Periodontitis can develop as a result of untreated gingivitis. Older persons may experience periodontitis more frequently. Furthermore, smoking, taking certain medications, or having other medical conditions can increase the risk of developing periodontitis. Although it may be occasionally achievable, treating periodontitis is more challenging than simply improving your mouth hygiene routine. Unfortunately, there comes a time when some people can no longer find a solution and their only option is to treat their symptoms. Effective periodontitis treatment involves more intrusive procedures like scaling and root planning.
Periodontal Maintenance by Dr. Robert H. Thorton
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Patients with periodontal disease should get this therapy from Dr. Robert H Thorton every three to four months to get the infection under control and stop additional bone and gum loss. Book your appointment now!