What is periodontal maintenance?
Periodontal maintenance therapy is a continuous program which involves three to four month intervals of thorough, below the gums cleaning to minimize the effects of gingivitis and periodontitis. It is usually recommended for patients who are suffering or have suffered from some form of gum disease. Regular maintenance visits are the only way to eliminate deposits of plaque and tartar that have formed beneath the gum line. In addition to preventing tooth and bone loss, periodontal maintenance can also save you money in the long run by reducing the need for more expensive treatments.
Why is it necessary?
Gum disease is the result of bacteria, plaque, and tartar accumulation on the teeth and under the gums. The toxins that are produced by these bacteria can have devastating effects on supporting bone and tissue structures. Even someone who brushes and flosses everyday cannot remove the tartar that has collected, which is basically calcified plaque. This is why specialized instruments are needed. During your maintenance visits, one of our doctors will monitor and record your pocket depths to evaluate the effectiveness of the program and your home care.
How often are visits necessary?
The frequency of your visits will be determined by the type and severity of the infection. Patients with gingivitis will need a less intense treatment than those with moderate to severe periodontitis. Dr. Kharmouche will also need to consider the type of treatments you have had in the past as well as how effective they were.
We cannot cure periodontal disease, but we can help to maintain your gum tissues and assist you in preventing the progression of this disease. To learn more about preventing gum disease in Gainesville, VA, contact the NOVA Perio Specialists and schedule your consultation today!