After completing active periodontal treatment, your condition has been arrested, but not cured. Periodontal diseases are chronic diseases, much like diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which require constant monitoring to ensure that your disease remains inactive. The disease does not stabilize on its own, nor will it cure itself or “just go away.” Instead, it requires long-term proactive monitoring to avoid tooth loss.
During your periodontal maintenance visit, your periodontal status is closely monitored for changes. At times, interceptive periodontal procedures are initiated to treat any sites or pockets that demonstrate significant signs of disease activity. In this way, further bone loss can be prevented.
Your periodontist and dental hygienist will communicate with you and your general dentist after each visit to share pertinent information regarding the stability of your periodontal condition. We believe that preventive dentistry is the best dentistry.
The most predictable way to obtain lasting periodontal success is to follow a personalized alternating periodontal recall schedule. For most patients with a diagnosis of periodontal disease, that means 3 - 4 periodontal maintenance visits per year, alternating between our office and your general dentist’s office. In more severe cases, your dentist may prefer you be seen for your periodontal maintenance visits exclusively in our office.
We find that patients who follow their personalized alternating maintenance recommendations have longer lasting results, which help decrease tooth loss and the need for future, more involved intervention.
Prevention is much more effective and less costly than replacing missing teeth. Help us help you keep your teeth and your gums happy and healthy!
Tissue and Root Therapy
Tissue and root therapy (also known as "scaling and root planing") removes plaque, tartar and hard crusty calculus deposits, which are loaded with bacteria. Tissue and root therapy is necessary when plaque and tartar are detected below the gum line.
Sometimes after a tooth scaling, the roots of a tooth must be planed in order to create a smooth surface for the gum to re-attach to. In addition to the planing, your periodontist may also prescribe medication such as antibiotics.
Tissue and root therapy many times is the first treatment of chronic periodontitis (chronic gum disease) cases.