Tinton Falls, NJ
At Premier Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we help our clients properly maintain their gingival tissue and avoid periodontal disease.
Periodontal maintenance involves steps and procedures that protect your gums against periodontal disease. The steps and procedures include practicing proper oral hygiene and getting regular dental checkups and cleanings. Periodontal disease is mainly caused by the accumulation of plaque and tartar on your teeth.
The goal of periodontal maintenance is to avoid any buildup of plaque or tartar on your teeth. Bacteria thrive in the tartar and can infect your gums, and in extreme cases, your jaw bones. You may start experiencing gum irritation and inflammation. Your teeth might also become loose and misplaced. If the condition is left untreated for long, you could lose your teeth, and the bacterial infection could extend beyond your mouth.
Periodontal Maintenance Procedures
Various periodontal maintenance procedures can be performed depending on the state of your dental structures. They are conducted either during your routine dental checkup or if you are diagnosed with periodontal infection.
The most basic periodontal maintenance procedure is dental cleanings. Dental cleanings involve both supragingival and subgingival cleaning. Supragingival cleaning involves the teeth and the areas above the gingival tissue. Subgingival cleaning involves eliminating calculus and bacteria from underneath the gums. It is usually done when one has been diagnosed with periodontal infections.
Other procedures include root planing and scaling. These procedures are done to ensure there are no bacteria left in your gum pockets. Our dentists seek to ensure all the bacteria have been removed to avoid further infection.
To heal or reduce discomfort after you have undergone a dental procedure our dentist might put you on medication. We might apply antibiotic or antimicrobial cream on your gum pockets. These medications are also part of the periodontal maintenance procedures.
Merits of Periodontal Maintenance
Apart from the main merit of protecting your gums against infections, periodontal maintenance procedures have other advantages.
Periodontal maintenance involves cleaning your teeth and promoting healthy gums. Ultimately you end up with healthy and good-looking teeth and gums. Everybody loves to have a bright smile and appealing dental aesthetics in general. It builds your confidence and self-esteem.
Periodontal maintenance procedures will also ensure you never have to grapple with bad breath. Bad breath is often a result of poor oral hygiene or infections. If your teeth and gums are properly cleaned, and any infections are caught and treated early, you should never have to deal with bad breath.
Periodontal maintenance starts with your efforts to ensure your mouth is always clean. You should also not miss your routine checkup sessions. It helps to get your mouth professionally cleaned to ensure no tartar builds up.
Normally, you should have a dental exam every six months. If you are found to be having any infections our dentist might recommend more frequent visits.
Call Premier Periodontics and Implant Dentistry at (732) 982-7988, if you have any concerns about your teeth or gums. Better yet, schedule a visit with us.