Periodontal Maintenance


Diagram of periodontitis and health toothHere at Perrinville Family Dentistry, we have specialists in all the dentistry fields, including periodontal maintenance. Our professionals are always thinking about our patient’s wellbeing, and if they consider it necessary, they might recommend the procedure once every few months. Unlike regular dental cleaning, periodontal maintenance takes care of the tissues that get affected by periodontal disease. Most people that suffer from periodontal disease will have to go through this procedure at our clinic every few months.

What is Periodontal Maintenance?


Periodontal maintenance is a basic procedure that is recommended by our professionals to any customer that has periodontal disease or has had it in the past. It can be performed up to four times a year, depending on the patient’s overall oral health. The procedure does not have any risks and is done by our dentists for cosmetic and health purposes.

What are the Differences Between Periodontal Maintenance and Regular Cleaning?


Regular cleaning, also known as prophylaxis is a procedure that involves removing calculus, stains, and plaque that built up on teeth. Our professionals use a special cleaning device to remove any debris, plaque, and calculus. The device we have at our clinic is a performant ultrasonic scaler that our specialists are trained to use. The regular cleaning is performed once every few months, and it occurs only on the crown of the tooth, without any effect on gums, roots, and canals.

Periodontal maintenance is a type of dental cleaning that also involves other parts of the tooth and gums. So, instead of just cleaning the crown, this procedure takes care of everything that gets affected by periodontal disease: crown, gums, bone, and tooth roots. You can think of it as a special cleaning and maintenance for all the different tissues that get affected by this disease.

When Will our Specialists Recommend Periodontal Maintenance?


If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, you will probably need periodontal maintenance instead of regular tooth cleaning. The frequency of periodontal maintenance appointments that you will have at our clinic will depend on your oral health and will be determined by one of our specialists at the clinic.

While the process is more intensive, it is essential to maintain good oral health. If the bacteria collect in “periodontal pockets,” it can lead to infections or inflammations that are harder to treat. If you are anxious about the procedure, you should tell our professionals about it. They will discuss with you the anesthesia options and will also present sedation options if you still have anxiety. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable when visiting our clinic and our specialists are constantly trained to ensure that the patients get the best care possible.

If you have periodontal disease, you should expect our professionals to recommend periodontal maintenance every few months to maintain and improve your oral health. The sooner you can begin treatment, the healthier your mouth has the potential to be. For more information about periodontal maintenance, call the experienced professionals here at Perrinville Family Dentistry at (425) 616-0620 today!

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