If you’ve received gum disease treatment, then the bacteria that caused this infection have been eradicated and your oral health restored. But you may still have some bone loss and deep periodontal pockets around your teeth that will continue to trap bacteria from normal plaque and tartar buildup. To ensure your gums, bone, and teeth remain in great health and gum disease does not progress, you will need to receive periodontal maintenance every 3-4 months in place of your bi-annual teeth cleanings. Our team is experienced in providing periodontal maintenance in Waterford, CT and can help you maintain great oral health, even if you’ve been previously diagnosed with gum disease.
The Dangers of Gum Disease
Know the Signs of Gum Disease
Gums that bleed easily
Tender, swollen gums
Loose teeth, changing bite
Persistent bad breath
The Steps of a Periodontal “Deep” Cleaning
You may be wondering why you require periodontal maintenance, and more frequently than normal teeth cleanings. This is because your mouth, though the original infection was eradicated with gum disease treatment, will need ongoing treatment to ensure the infection does not return. Periodontal maintenance is not a surgical procedure. It involves using a dental scaler to deep clean your teeth to remove bacterial plaque and tartar buildup on the entire length of each tooth and within the periodontal pockets.
Then, root planing smooths the rough edges of the teeth so gum tissue can firmly reattach and help seal out bacteria. During this appointment, we’ll also measure the periodontal pocket depths and evaluate your gum tissues for bleeding and any signs of inflammation. By completing these routine deep cleanings every few months, our team can help ensure that your gum disease does not return, and you have good oral health for years to come!