Periodontal maintenance is a procedure that we at Reich Dental Center regularly perform on clients suffering periodontal disease or gingivitis. Rather than the regular cleaning that most people with healthy teeth and gums come in for about twice a year, periodontal maintenance is designed to help stop the progression of periodontal disease.
What is Periodontal Disease?
This is an oral disease that occurs when bacteria from accumulated plaque builds up within the gum tissue, above and below the gumline. With healthy teeth and gums, some plaque may form and need to be removed during cleaning, but the amount is typically minimal and above the gumline. With gingivitis and periodontal disease, the bacteria build-up in the gums causes pain and inflammation. The body fights against the inflammation, destroying gum and bone tissue.
Deep pockets form beneath the gumline, causing symptoms of swelling, pus build-up, and bleeding. With gums receding and bone eroding, teeth may begin to shift, become loose, and eventually fall out. The combination of bacteria and bleeding also increases the risk of infections getting into the bloodstream and traveling to other parts of the body to wreak havoc.
How Periodontal Maintenance Works
Periodontal maintenance refers to the specialized deep cleaning procedures carried out on gum disease sufferers to halt the progression of the condition and gradually restore good oral health. Depending on the severity of the case, anesthesia may be used to carry out the procedure comfortably. The procedure begins with the removal of plaque and calculus from above the gumline. This is referred to as supragingival cleaning. Subgingival cleaning is done next to remove calculus and bacteria from the gum pockets that have formed below the gumline.
After cleaning, root planing is done on the root surface to create a smooth area where bacteria will find it hard to find a hiding place. An antibiotic treatment is usually applied to help neutralize any lingering bacteria and encourage faster healing. Periodontal maintenance is usually prescribed more regularly than normal cleanings, so do adhere to the schedule provided by our dentist.
Benefits of Periodontal Maintenance
One of the most obvious signs of gum disease is yellowing teeth. This discoloration can be embarrassing for many people so a deep clean can help improve the appearance and restoring confidence. By halting the progression of gum disease that causes teeth to fall out, it further aids in preserving aesthetics.
Even the most intense sessions of brushing and flossing teeth at home can do little to remove bacteria and calculus buried beneath the gumline. The professional work our team does to remove bacteria, tartar, and calculus helps to save your teeth, improve appearance, and reduce incidences of bacterial infections in other parts of the body.
Halitosis, or bad breath, is one of the common symptoms of periodontal disease and can affect confidence. Once we get rid of the bacteria and tartar, and clear out trapped rotting food stuck in the gum pockets, you should experience a big improvement in fresh breath.
To find out if you are indeed suffering from gum disease and how to effectively tackle the problem, get in touch with us. Call us at Reich Dental Center at (770) 742-8454 and make an appointment today.