Periodontal Disease Control

Periodontal disease cannot be cured; it can only be controlled.

Periodontal Disease Control

Periodontal disease cannot be cured; it can only be controlled.

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Periodontal disease control

Periodontal disease cannot be cured; it can only be controlled. That is why we need to examine the health of your gums at least every three months or sooner. If periodontal disease is not closely monitored and controlled, the disease can quickly worsen, destroy bone and soft tissue, and eventually cause you to lose teeth.

Frequent maintenance visits are important

When we first find periodontal disease, we treat it with scaling and root planing to remove plaque and calculus, and to disrupt the bacteria from beneath your gumline.

Removing plaque below the gumline

This treatment disrupts the growth of the bacteria, but some bacteria remain and may settle back into the pocket where they reproduce. In fact, the number of bacteria doubles every time they reproduce, reaching destructive levels in as few as 90 days.

Periodontal disease is unpredictable

It can be challenging to predict where in your mouth the symptoms of periodontal disease may recur or when, and frequently, it does not hurt. This also means that a twice-a-year cleaning schedule is not adequate for those who have periodontal disease. The only way to find and control periodontal disease is with a professional exam that specifically looks for the disease. The dental hygienist will make notations and measurements during the exam to calculate and assess your periodontal condition.

The maintenance appointment

It is important that you come in every three months, or more, for a periodontal maintenance appointment which may include:

  • taking radiographs to check bone levels
  • measuring and monitoring the depth of periodontal pockets
  • checking for loose teeth or bleeding gums
  • removing plaque and buildup of calculus above and below the gumline, which disrupts the bacteria
  • evaluating the effectiveness of your homecare and making recommendations

If necessary, we may also re-treat the teeth with scaling and root planing, apply a medication or add antimicrobial rinse to your home care routine. If your disease has progressed, we may refer you to a periodontal specialist.

Periodontal maintenance visits help us break and disrupt the stronghold of bacteria in your gums and slow or eliminate their destructive effects.

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