If you have periodontal disease that’s already gone beyond gingivitis, the first stage, you will probably need more than just a teeth cleaning to get the problem under control and maintain good oral health. Fortunately, our team at Brighton Dental in San Diego is here to help you. Along with excellent home care, we can help you can keep your gum disease concerns in check. In fact, if you take care of your mouth and visit us regularly, you can save yourself the hassles and costs associated with more extensive treatment.
In most cases, gum disease isn’t curable. But it’s treatable, and treatments have excellent success rates. With active management, your gum disease is a condition with which you can live successfully for years with few complications. Once you have loss of tissue or supporting bone, however, professional management by a dentist is absolutely essential to maintaining oral health.
What Is Perio Maintenance?
Different from a regular cleaning that people without gum disease get, perio maintenance includes root planing, deep cleaning and other ways of addresses the scale and infection that develops below the gum line. While those without gum disease get cleanings that barely go below the gum line, you must be treated deeply if your infection and disease goes deeply.
When we perform perio maintenance for you, you get these vital benefits:
• Reduced problems. Tartar and accompanying bacteria below the gum line is sure to cause problems if not treated. You can’t remove all deposits below the gum line with just brushing and flossing because your equipment at home can’t get deep enough.
• Experienced help. Dr. Woods sees people with periodontal disease every day and has developed a keenly experienced eye for determining which issues are real problems and which are probably okay. When you come to us for perio maintenance, you get the benefit of her expertise.
• Better-looking teeth. Perio maintenance gets rid of stains on teeth, including the unsightly yellow stains associated with plaque and poor oral hygiene.
• Better-smelling breath. You may not realize it since you’ve become used to it, but gum disease and the bacteria associated with it can smell bad. You’ll smell better and make a more positive impression when you get regular perio maintenance.
We’ll Keep You Healthy
As a holistic dental clinic, we’re committed to keeping our patients healthy overall. And periodontal disease must be treated and progress maintained if you want to stay healthy. In most cases, people with gum disease need treatment every 3 to 4 months. This frequent removal of bacteria below the gum line can help keep inflammation under control and keep bone, gums and other tissues from continuing to break down.
We’ll assess the depth of gum pockets on each visit to see if you’re improving, staying the same or losing ground. Then we’ll take action. This action will include x-rays, examination of previous crowns and fillings, a check for new decay that needs treatment, an oral cancer screening, teeth polishing and more. At each visit, we’ll advise you about changes you can make in your lifestyle and in your oral care routine to move forward with healthier teeth and gums.
You can learn more about this crucial dental topic by visiting the Periodontal Maintenance page of the Brighton Dental website.
You can also make an appointment with us and let us assess your issues, address your concerns and help you work toward treatment and management of any gum disease or other issues we notice. Working within your choices and concerns at every step of the way, we can help you maintain good oral and overall health. And that’s the goal for all of us, isn’t it?