What Is A Periodontal Maintenance Therapy?
If you have periodontal disease, you may require scaling and root planing to remove the diseased deposits from the roots and teeth, which is the most conservative approach for treatment. Other treatment, including surgery, may also be required. After the disease process is under control, a regular cleaning is no longer appropriate. Instead, you will require special ongoing gum and bone care procedures, known as Periodontal Maintenance Therapy, to keep the disease under control and keep your mouth healthy.
After Dr. Jeff Kim has completed the active phase of periodontal treatment, your periodontal disease will be under control. He will provide you with a personalized maintenance program of care to keep your gums healthy.
During your maintenance visits, our doctors will discuss with you any changes that may have occurred in your health history. We will examine your mouth for any abnormal changes and measure the depth of the gum pockets around your teeth.
Seeing you gives us the opportunity to evaluate your home oral hygiene and to instruct you in ways that may improve your results. We will clean your teeth to remove the bacterial plaque and calculus and will take the x-rays necessary to evaluate your teeth and the bone supporting them.
We’ll examine your teeth for signs of decay and any other dental problems that may have developed and check the way your teeth fit together when you bite down. We’ll also apply or prescribe medications to counteract tooth sensitivity or other problems that you may be experiencing.
We are always committed to taking only those x-rays that are necessary for your care. Because x-rays reveal areas of the teeth that are not visible to the naked eye, they enable early detection of disease, which allows for the quickest possible treatment. For that reason, we use x-rays to help us continue to evaluate and maintain your periodontal health.
Periodontal disease is the main cause of tooth loss in adults in the United States and now has been associated with many other health risks such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, as well. Once you have experienced gum disease, it is important to remain dedicated to a permanent schedule of proper home and professional oral care because only regular treatment will maintain your oral health.
The care you receive through periodontal maintenance therapy can offset the necessity of more extensive periodontal care, the need for implants due to the loss of teeth, and the hardship and cost of additional health concerns.
Through proper periodontal treatment and an ongoing program of periodontal maintenance therapy, our doctors can give you the opportunity to maintain your strong and beautiful smile and overall good health for a lifetime.