Fighting Gum Disease with Periodontal Maintenance
Even when gum disease isn’t present, it is important to attend regular preventive visits (i.e., checkups and cleanings) to keep your smile healthy and beautiful. When gingivitis or gum disease is present, however, your routine visits will revolve around a schedule of periodontal maintenance to prevent the disease from growing worse. For advanced periodontal disease, Dr. Vahadi performs scaling and root planing. In very advanced cases, we may recommend LANAP followed by PerioProtect trays. If LANAP is not an option, we will perform scaling and root planing followed by PerioProtect trays.
For those who receive regular periodontal treatments, periodontal maintenance (PM) is sometimes necessary to keep the disease under control. Periodontal maintenance is the process of keeping periodontitis under control through a series of multiple treatments that aim to minimize plaque and tartar buildup, with an end goal of restoring your gums so that they are healthy once again.
What is Periodontitis?
Periodontitis is a chronic bacterial infection that develops inside of your mouth, mainly impacting your gum tissue. Those who suffer from periodontitis may experience inflammation of the tissue surrounding the teeth, even causing the gums to become loose around the teeth. Other symptoms of periodontitis include gums that often bleed, bad breath, pain when chewing, spaces developing between your teeth, or a change in the way that your teeth fit together when you bite.
Risk factors that increase your chances of developing periodontitis include genetics, poor oral health habits, older age, gingivitis, hormonal changes, certain medications, smoking or chewing tobacco, inadequate nutrition, or conditions that may cause a decrease in immunity such as lymphoma.
Who Requires Periodontal Maintenance?
Those who suffer from gum disease or early stages of gingivitis may receive a special cleaning called “scaling and root planing” to help patients get rid of built-up plaque that derives from periodontitis. After this special cleaning is complete, our team recommends periodontal maintenance to continue to restore and maintain your gum health. We address the pockets that loose gum tissue may have created and make sure that there is no resting tartar in these pockets that are causing damage.
Three-Month Maintenance Intervals
Our dentist serving Plano, Frisco and surrounding areas recommends that patients who require periodontal maintenance visit us on a three-month basis for treatment. Receiving treatments every three months is ideal because it is when the perio bugs are at their peak. Getting rid of as much bacteria as possible during this time is the most effective option when it comes to keeping periodontitis under control. Dr. Vahadi is happy to answer your questions about periodontal maintenance as they arise.
Ongoing Periodontal Maintenance
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing also referred to as a periodontal cleaning, is a more involved form of regular dental cleaning (or prophylaxis). Unlike regular dental cleanings, scaling and root planing involve carefully accessing and removing bacteria from your roots underneath your gums. Local anesthesia may be applied before the procedure to minimize discomfort, and you may require more than one visit to complete the process.
LANAP, or laser-assisted new attachment protocol, allows Dr. Vahadi to perform complex periodontal treatment with the use of advanced laser technology. Unlike traditional periodontal surgery, which may require a scalpel and the need for sutures afterward, LANAP utilizes an advanced, soft-tissue diode laser to eliminate periodontal infection and disease in a quicker, more comfortable, and more effective method.
To help further fight the progression of gingivitis and gum disease, Dr. Vahadi often suggests anti-bacterial treatment with PerioProtect®. The treatment involves the application of effective anti-bacterial medicine using custom-designed trays. The trays help deliver the medicine to the periodontal pockets formed by gingivitis and gum recession, fighting off the harmful microbes that lead to gum inflammation and disease.
Your Comfort is Our Priority
If our team recommends periodontal maintenance, know that we will make sure that you feel comfortable every step of the way. If you think you’re suffering from periodontitis, please contact our team to see how we can help.