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. Most treated periodontal patients require more frequent cleanings, approximately every three months, rather than traditional six month cleanings, since they are more susceptible to periodontal disease.
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 your general dentist after each visit to share pertinent information regarding the stability of your periodontal condition. We firmly believe that preventive dentistry is the best dentistry.
Tissue and Root Therapy
Tissue and root therapy 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.