Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal Maintenance Gardena, CA

While we advise most patients to come in at least once every six months, certain circumstances may call for more regular cleanings. If you suffer from periodontitis, a form of gum disease, it is recommended that our dentists see you every three months for maintenance. This, unfortunately, is an incurable and chronic condition, so it is very important that our dentists watch you carefully to maintain your oral health.

What is Periodontal Maintenance?

Periodontal maintenance scaling is required to maintain the health of your gums and bones if you have periodontal disease that has led to bone loss, deep gum “pockets,” bleeding gums, exposed root surfaces, or if you have had root planing or periodontal surgery. Plaque and tartar are removed from the gum line, down to where the bone, gum, and root meet. Sometimes rough parts of the roots are smoothed, pocket depths are carefully watched, and inflamed pockets may need to be irrigated with antibacterial medication.

Depending on tartar accumulation, degree of inflammation, and your at-home care, periodontal care is typically performed three to four times annually.

How Is Periodontitis Controlled?

Periodontal maintenance helps bacteria buildup from becoming a significant issue. In most cases, it takes three months before the bacteria start to spread quickly and step up the need for more frequent cleanings. Patients who do not have thorough, regular cleanings tend to lose twice as many teeth over their lifetime. Effective oral hygiene practices are also essential for managing periodontitis.

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