If you suffer from periodontal disease, proper care of your gums will be important for the rest of your life. Only with regular care can you ensure that your gums remain in good health and the symptoms of periodontal disease do not begin to progress. Scheduling periodontic maintenance appointments every 3 to 4 months will give you the best chance at having ongoing periodontal health.
A periodontic maintenance appointment typically includes four steps:
- Deep Cleaning- During a periodontic maintenance appointment, your supragingival area, the space just above and below your gum line, will be cleaned. The dental hygienist will also clean the subgingival cleaning or the space inside of the periodontal pockets.
- Root Planing - After the gum area has been cleaned of tartar buildup, you will undergo root planing, the process of smoothing the roots of the teeth to remove any bacteria that have developed in the area.
- Medications - Depending on your needs, your dentist may insert antibiotics creams or solutions into your gum pockets. These medications help to encourage healing of the tissue.
- Examinations - A periodontic maintenance appointment should conclude with a thorough examination of your gums. Your periodontist will see how well you are responding to treatment and make any recommendations for more interventions that you may need to treat the condition. X-rays are often a part of the examination and are used to assess the progression of bone loss.
You can assist with the periodontic maintenance process by taking good care of your teeth and gums at home. Brushing twice daily, flossing and using any medications or rinses recommended by your dentist can make a big difference in the health of your mouth and reduce the amount of tartar that forms between appointments.
The team at Randall L. Davis, DMD, PC can help you manage symptoms of periodontal disease with regular maintenance appointments. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Davis today.