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What is Periodontal Maintenance?
If someone is diagnosed with Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease) the dentist will require frequent Periodontal Maintenance visits. This is different from a regular cleaning but is still considered a preventative care measure. This treatment normally occurs after the patient has completed scaling and root planing, also known as a dental deep cleaning.
Periodontal disease cannot be reversed, but it can be maintained and improved. These maintenance cleanings are different from regular cleanings because the hygienist utilizes different instruments and scalers to get deep into the openings of the gums to remove plaque and tartar.
Frequently Asked Questions
A periodontist is a doctor who is specialized in treating periodontal disease (aka gum disease). This specialist can perform periodontal surgery and sometimes even dental implants. They can see patients referred to them by general dentists for a short-term or a long-term period. Many periodontists see patients routinely or part-time in conjunction with their regular dentist to maintain their periodontitis treatments such as Perio Maintenance.
Each case is unique. Some general dentists or family dentists do not manage treatment for their patients who have gum disease and refer out to a specialist.
Dr. Jonathan Hale often treats periodontal scaling and root planing within the offices of Hale Family Dentistry, along with routine care such as periodontal cleanings. With the help of a Periodontist, Dr. Hale can refer patients to local Fort Wayne practices for surgery or more severe cases.
Reason for 3 Months Dental Cleanings
A dentist may diagnose you with Gingivitis or Periodontitis based on the measurement of space between the tooth and the gums. For measurements that are 4mm or above, gum disease is present. Due to this space (called a pocket), caused by your body’s response to poor dental hygiene, plaque and tartar have accumulated under the gum’s surface.
It’s necessary to begin a periodontal therapy program that consists of deep cleanings every three or four months. At the dentist’s recommendation, your dentist will take into consideration the current state of your oral health and dental hygiene habits.
Deep cleanings, also knowns as Scaling and Root Planing (SRPs), typically require two appointments of about 1.5 hours and the dentist or hygienist will administer topical anesthesia then one or two shots to get the patient fully numb prior to treatment.