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What Is Periodontal Maintenance

Posted on 5/1/2024 by Weo Admin
Beautiful woman smiling. Periodontal maintenance is a dental cleaning procedure that removes plaque and other irritants from teeth and gums. The procedure is necessary if you have a history of gum disease or have recently undergone periodontal therapy. Much like regular cleaning, periodontal maintenance keeps your gums healthy. However, unlike the former, which is a form of preventative care, the latter helps manage the progression of gum disease.

How Does Periodontal Maintenance Work

During your appointment, our periodontist will assess your teeth and gums to determine if you need periodontal treatment. If so, they will perform a deep cleaning procedure, which includes scaling and root planing.

The first step of the process, scaling, involves scraping plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth to the bottom of your gum pockets. Next, our periodontist will smoothen out the roots of your teeth so they easily reattach to your gums.

After scaling and root planing, our periodontal specialist will polish the surface of your teeth to remove any remaining stains. They will also give aftercare tips to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

At the end of your visit, our periodontist will schedule your next periodontal maintenance appointment. Ideally, periodontal maintenance should be done every 3 to 4 months.

Benefits of Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal maintenance offers several benefits if you are experiencing early-stage gum disease. For instance, it can prevent the progression of gum disease into periodontitis. This more aggressive form of gum disease often requires complex treatment. Likewise, if you have undergone treatment for gum disease, periodontal maintenance prevents it from recurring in the future.

Periodontal maintenance appointments can also boost your smile and confidence. Since plaque and tartar buildup leave teeth looking unsightly, the procedure will help remove these substances and restore the color of your teeth.

Schedule a Periodontal Maintenance Appointment Today

Periodontal maintenance is a critical part of oral care, particularly if you have a history of gum disease. Contact our practice to schedule a professional deep cleaning appointment with our periodontist.

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