Periodontal Maintenance


Diagram of teeth and gum cleaningHere at Star City Dental, we can provide quality periodontal maintenance services, giving you a deep clean that controls inflammation and treats active disease. Periodontal maintenance is a teeth cleaning procedure that is usually performed on patients who have gum disease.

Frequent removal of bacteria from the gumline can control inflammation and prevent the breakdown of the bone and gum around your teeth. This is especially important for sufferers of gum disease. Although our dentists cannot reverse the condition, we can at least help to prevent any further damage being caused.

How is it Different from Dental Cleaning?


Whilst they all work towards the same goal, not all dental cleaning are the same. Many dental cleaning practices remove plaque, prevent decay and improve oral health, but the processes are different.

The dental cleaning you often find during a check-up with us will focus on removing plaque and other oral irritants to prevent health problems. It is especially important to remove tartar as a buildup can lead to periodontal disease and may result in the loss of tooth or bone.

If you have periodontal disease (also known as gum disease), you will have probably already experienced a special clean called scaling and root planing. Periodontal maintenance is recommended after these treatments and to those suffering from gum disease.

Periodontal maintenance involves a deeper level of cleaning that the treatments normally given in our office. Patients with a history of periodontal disease need extra deep cleaning because they have additional spaces between the teeth gums where plaque and tartar easily form (called pockets). These pockets are not visible to the naked eye and require extra time and skill to clean when at home and using manual devices.

Periodontal maintenance is vital to restoring and maintain gum and bone health. Without this treatment, you may be leaving yourself open to inflammation and infection.

What does Periodontal Maintenance Involve?


One of the processes involved in periodontal maintenance is supragingival cleaning where our dentist cleans the area above the gums with scaling tools in order to remove plaque. Another technique is root planing, where the tooth root is smoothed by our dentist to eliminate any remaining bacteria. Antibiotics or antimicrobial creams are often prescribed after the procedure to promote faster healer as well as easing the discomfort.

Periodontal maintenance is recommended every three to four months, six months at most. Bacteria can start forming on the teeth and gums almost immediately after cleaning, with bad bacteria making its way back into your mouth after 3 months.

For more information about periodontal maintenance, call the experienced professionals here at Star City Dental at (531) 220-0044 today! We can’t wait to hear from you.
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