We here at Medhat Dental Excellence are more than prepared to take you through periodontal maintenance. Periodontal maintenance refers to a thorough cleaning procedure, which is performed to tackle deep-seated bacterial activity. This dental treatment procedure is vital as it halts the progress of periodontal disease.
Gingivitis and periodontal disease spread through the plaque colonization of the gingival tissue (the area below or above the gumline). The bacteria colonies are responsible for the serious irritation and inflammation that progresses to a chronic inflammatory response. A systematic process of destruction of the bone and gum tissues begins, which causes shifting of teeth as the teeth become unstable and eventually leading to falling out of teeth. Deep pockets form between teeth and gums, leading to more bacterial colonization. If left untreated, the bacteria may travel through the bloodstream leading to infections in other parts of the body.
Importance of Periodontal Maintenance
One of the most important periodontal maintenance procedures is prophylaxis, which maintains the condition of the oral cavity, thereby halting the progression of gum disease. Periodontal maintenance comes with many benefits, including tartar removal, as the buildup of tartar and plaque below and above the gumline can lead to serious dental problems if left unchecked. The removal of bacteria, debris and other deposits from the gum pockets can be impossible even with the use of the best flossing and brushing techniques. Our experts use their training and employ special dental equipment to spot and remove problems associated with plaque and tartar buildup.
Periodontal maintenance also improves the aesthetics of your mouth area, giving you the confidence of a bright white smile that is not marred with stained yellowing teeth. Our dentists will rid your mouth of unsightly stains to return your smile to its brighter self.
This procedure also gives you a fresher breath by eliminating the persistent bad breath, also known as halitosis, which is common when you have periodontal disease. Food particles rotting below the gumline can also cause bad breath, which is solved simply by effective periodontal maintenance by our team of experts.
Components of Periodontal Maintenance
When you visit our office for periodontal maintenance, our team will perform prophylaxis, which goes through several stages. The first stage is supragingival cleaning, where scaling tools are used to clean calculus and plaque above the gumline. Next, we perform subgingival cleaning, which involves the removal of bacteria and calculus beneath the gumline and from the gum pockets.
Root planing is the next procedure where our experts smoothen the tooth root thereby eliminating remaining bacteria. We follow this process by medication using antimicrobial or antibiotic cream applied on the gumline. Our experts recommend the use of antibiotic treatment at this stage for promoting healthy and fast healing in the pockets, as well as easing discomfort. The last stage involves x-raying and examination of your teeth. Our experts perform routine x-rays to reveal any hidden problems with periodontal disease and to show the extent of gum and bone recession. This process is vital in the identification of areas that may require future attention.
To find out if you are at risk of developing periodontal disease and what you can do to correct the problem, do get in touch with us. For more information about periodontal maintenance call us, Medhat Dental Excellence at (773) 774-4611 today!