When it comes to periodontal maintenance, you should contact the experts at South Austin Dental for a professional service. Regular cleanings are always recommended to keep your teeth in the best shape possible. If you have a healthy mouth with no bone or gum problems, then this should be enough to accomplish that since it works by removing the soft plaque, stains, and tartar from your teeth above the gumline.
These regular cleanings tend to be done twice or three times a year, but that may vary depending on how quickly tartar, plaque, and stains accumulate. We consider this preventive care since having regular cleanings will help keep periodontal disease at bay.
However, there is only so much prevention we can do, and sometimes, even with the most cautious care, some issues are bound to arise. That is when periodontal disease effects such as bleeding gums, gum “pockets,” bone loss, and exposed root surfaces appear.
When do You Need Periodontal Maintenance?
Periodontal maintenance is needed when periodontal diseases arise. Additionally, any rough areas on the roots can be smoothed if necessary, gum pocket depths can be monitored properly, and any gum pockets that are inflamed can be irrigated using antibacterial medicines if the need arises.
How often you need periodontal maintenance will be determined by a couple of factors such as how much bleeding is present, inflammation levels, how quickly the plaque and tartar buildup, how stable your current condition is, how good your daily dental care is at home, and any known health risk factors.
This is important to consider since it’s known that there is a correlation between chronic gum inflammation and general health, more specifically with diabetes and heart disease. Thus, taking care of your gums and the bone around your teeth and keeping them clean is a very important part of your regular consultations with us.
What will Happen at a Periodontal Maintenance Appointment?
When you come to see us, we will discuss any changes in your health history, as well as your oral hygiene habits. Then, we’ll proceed to examine your mouth and its tissue, as well as checking for signs of tooth decay and any other possible dental issues that might be present.
We will also continue to measure the depth of the pocket around your teeth, remove bacterial plaque and tartar that may have accumulated, and check to ensure you have a proper bite. In some cases, x-rays might be necessary to properly examine teeth and bone.
To finish the process, we will apply and prescribe medications to properly control or eradicate your periodontal disease. It is very important that you follow this program to ensure fantastic periodontal health since it will help you protect and keep your natural teeth for your lifespan.
If you would like to know more about periodontal maintenance, then please contact us at (512) 441-8922. We will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have and to help in any other way that we can.