Patients who have periodontal disease need to maintain a very high level of oral hygiene and care. The surprising fact about this disease is that it can be painless. As such, it is easy for the disease to sneak up on you unsuspectedly and begin causing harm. When we detect gum disease we treat it based on its stage of development. Periodontitis is the most serious and difficult to treat. Our team at Granite View Dental employs different treatment methods starting with non-surgical techniques such as scaling and root planing and the use of antibiotics. We may perform gum surgery, such as a gum graft to help the receded gums re-attach to the tooth roots. This way, we reduce the pocket depths, meaning there are fewer hiding spaces for bacteria and debris to accumulate. Therefore, we book you for a regular maintenance program for the disease, which aims at preventing the disease from setting in again.
What is Periodontal Maintenance?
Periodontal maintenance care entails cleaning the mouth to flush out bacteria and remove plaque and tartar. Periodontal disease can be stubborn to treat. In fact, it never goes away completely, so there are chances that it will come back if you do not maintain optimal dental health and keep up with the scaling and root planing appointments.
Periodontal maintenance ensures that bacteria do not multiply to reach destructive levels in the mouth. By doing so, periodontal disease is kept under control. Remember that periodontal disease is not reversible, but gingivitis can be reversed. Therefore, you will have to struggle with periodontal disease for life. That is why periodontal maintenance appointments have to be taken seriously.
What Does Periodontal Maintenance Look Like?
Our gum disease specialist begins by getting x-rays to determine the nature and extent of bone deterioration and tissue damage. We need to determine what is happening with the support structures of the teeth and gums, including the attachments to the tooth surface. We clean the teeth professionally using a scaler and other devices.
Once we have removed plaque from the visible parts of a tooth or crowns, we clean the areas underneath the surface or below the gum line. We may use local anesthesia if plaque is extensive. We also do root planing, which involves scaling further to the root and smoothing out the surface to eliminate dents and rough surfaces that harbor bacterial plaque. An antibiotic may be placed in the gum pockets to help enhance comfort and destroy bacteria lingering in those spaces.
Importance of Periodontal Maintenance
Receiving periodontal maintenance care comes with many benefits. It keeps the mouth clean, meaning that periodontal disease is kept at bay. It treats the gums and prevents the teeth from loosening and falling out. Additionally, maintenance care offers cosmetic benefits in that it helps improve your smile and make your gums look healthier. When you get periodontal maintenance, you begin to have fresher breath. Bad breath is an indicator of periodontal disease.
Schedule Your Appointment Now!
Make a trip to our office at Granite View Dental to meet our team and talk about gum disease and the treatment options, including our maintenance program. Call us at (928) 589-1776 to set up an appointment.