Periodontal Maintenance, or Periodontal Cleanings, are continued periodontal therapy. Periodontal (Gum & bone) Disease is a chronic problem, much like diabetes, and must be controlled through regular periodontal cleanings (even though you may have had periodontal surgery or non-surgical treatment). The schedule will vary from case to case, but typically periodontal cleanings are required on a more frequent basis than the six month interval often recommended for patients with healthy gums. The interval between cleanings that's right for you will be determined following your initial periodontal treatments.
YOUR MAINTENANCE/SUPPORTIVE PERIODONTAL CARE VISIT would INCLUDE:
- Discussion of any changes in your health history
- Examination of your mouth tissues for abnormal changes
- Measurement of the depth of pockets around your teeth
- Assessment of your oral hygiene habits and provision of instruction
- Removal of bacterial plaque and tartar
- X-ray film studies to evaluate your teeth and the bone supporting your teeth
- Examination of your teeth for decay and other dental problems
- Checkup on the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Application or prescription of medications to reduce tooth sensitivity or other problems you may have.