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Periodontal Maintenance in Ballwin MO
Part of staying healthy and having a beautiful smile is taking good care of your teeth. You may find yourself wondering why we’re recommending that you receive periodontal maintenance over a regular cleaning at your dental appointment.
A regular teeth cleaning is typically done two to three times per year, depending on how quickly stain, plaque, and tartar build-up occur. It’s considered a preventive procedure since regular cleanings will help prevent periodontal disease. Periodontal maintenance is usually performed three to four times per year, depending on several factors. For instance, how quickly the plaque and tartar build-up, how much bleeding or inflammation there is, how stable the present condition is, how well you can maintain your teeth at home daily, and any health risk factors you might be dealing with.
What is Regular Periodontal Maintenance?
Periodontal maintenance care is available to patients who experience periodontitis, which is commonly known as gum disease. Regular periodontal maintenance is a service that will provide cleaning and treatments that are more in-depth than the typical processes performed by a dental hygienist or a general dentist.
A few of the deep cleaning procedures you may be familiar with are scaling and root planing. These procedures can help treat mild and moderate forms of gum disease. Through the process of scaling, Dr. Kevin F. Postol
will remove the plaque and tartar that is building up around your teeth and gum line. You’ll notice that we use handheld and ultrasonic instruments to complete the process. Root planing is a procedure that will follow the scaling process. The objective of root planing is to smooth out the roots of your teeth that are now visible. Your gums are now in the right environment where they can then reattach to the back of your teeth after this two-step process is done. We strongly recommend periodontal maintenance following the completion of this process.
Why Do Patients with Periodontal Disease Need Maintenance?
There are a few reasons you may need periodontal maintenance over a regular cleaning:
Gum pockets deeper than 4 millimeters
Exposed root surfaces
You’ve had periodontal surgery or root planing to treat periodontal surgery or root planing to treat periodontal disease
As gum disease progresses, a patient will likely develop periodontal “pockets,” which form when the diseased tissue recedes from the tooth surface. The pockets are deep gaps and spaces between the gums and teeth. You may begin to experience more buildup of tartar and plaque in these areas, which will become an issue over time.
The goal of periodontal maintenance is to restore the health of the bones and gums. It’s an intense process that will follow your cleanings and treatments. You’re at risk for other health complications arising when bacteria are present, and the gums become inflamed or infected. The issue and why you need regular periodontal maintenance is because harmful bacteria can multiply and create an environment for gum disease to develop again.
A gum infection that occurs may be mild, moderate, or severe. You may have heard the term gingivitis before, which is a mild form of the disease when the gums swell and bleed easily. If gingivitis is untreated, then it will progress to periodontitis. The result of poor hygiene and not getting treatment for periodontitis is the deterioration of bones and gums. It may even cause tooth loss if left for too long.
Benefits of Periodontal Maintenance
You must seek periodontal disease treatment
and maintenance if you want your gums to heal. If you allow severe gum disease to develop, then you risk losing your teeth. Ideally, you keep your natural teeth throughout your lifetime which will help you to have better oral health. The health of your teeth and mouth impact your overall well-being too.
While you may think you can remove gum pockets at home with consistent brushing and flossing, the truth is that it can be near impossible to remove the debris from the gum pockets on your own. It’s best to seek treatment from a professional who performs periodontal maintenance and can use specialized treatment to tackle the problem in a professional manner.
Not only are there health benefits of periodontal maintenance, but also aesthetic advantages. Dr. Postol understands your concern about having a beautiful smile to show off. It helps boost your confidence and makes you feel good about yourself. You’ll no longer have yellow or stained teeth and will be able to regain an attractive smile once he performs the maintenance on your teeth.
What to Expect During Periodontal Maintenance
You may be wondering what will happen during your periodontal maintenance appointment. We’ll take the time to examine your pocket depths and gum health in general. The cleaning will take place slightly below your gum line, where you’re more susceptible to tartar and plaque buildup in your mouth. A few different periodontal maintenance stages include deep cleaning, root planing, medication or antibiotic cream, and x-ray and examination. You’ll be in complete comfort throughout the procedure and your treatment. We’re here and available to answer any questions you have before, during, and after your periodontal maintenance, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.
We are one of the best dental practices around when it comes to periodontal maintenance. If your oral health is suffering, we may recommend periodontal maintenance for you. Dr. Postol and his caring dental team is experienced in all areas of dentistry. We invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Postol today to start your prevention and treatment plan. Together, we can help and work with you to ensure a healthy and happy smile and teeth.
Kevin F. Postol, DDS, is a family and cosmetic dentist in Ballwin, MO. He and his team are always pleased to welcome back familiar faces and meet new ones. Contact us
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