Periodontal Maintenance Therapy to Restore Your Gum Health
Combat gum disease with periodontal maintenance therapy in Frisco TX.
Our goal for periodontal maintenance therapy is to make sure to remove any gum disease so that your oral health can thrive.
Prevent Tooth and Bone Loss
Periodontal maintenance therapy is specialized care to prevent the return of periodontal disease. Patients diagnosed with periodontal disease in Frisco, TX will begin with a scaling and root planing procedure to remove harmful toxins. The harmful bacteria that cause gum disease may return within three to four months after initial treatment. Accordingly, patients will need periodontal maintenance therapy cleanings every three to four months.
The removal of tartar and plaque below the gums is essential to preventing periodontal disease. If not, the plaque turns into hard calculus buildup, which releases harmful toxins. The harmful bacteria will expand under the gums.
Once calculus grows under the gums, patients may experience symptoms such as itching, redness, and swelling of gum tissue. As a result, periodontal maintenance is necessary to keep the gums and bone healthy and free of periodontitis. Otherwise, patients may experience bone loss, which can lead to tooth loss.
- Adhere to our doctor’s recovery instructions for the type of anesthetic used.
- Limit your physical activity for the first 24 hours.
- Do not rinse vigorously for at least the first 24 hours after surgery, as this may prolong bleeding.
- Do not smoke for at least a week, as this also slows healing and increases the risk of infection.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a unique procedure for advanced periodontal disease cases. The first step in treating periodontitis is scaling a root planing procedure. Typically, our dental hygienist will use an ultrasonic cleaner to perform your scaling and root planing. The ultrasonic cleaner uses high-frequency vibration to separate the hard calculus build up from the tooth.
The scaling and root planing procedure may take multiple appointments to complete. In most cases, your gums are returned to a healthy state. Future appointments will be every three to four months to complete periodontal maintenance therapy.Request Appointment
Post-Operative Recommendations: Scaling and Root Planing
Following your scaling and root planing procedure, it is essential to follow the recommendations of your doctor. Some of the suggestions may include:
Watch the video for additional tips following a scaling and root planing procedure.Request Appointment
Routine Dental Cleaning vs. Periodontal Maintenance Therapy
Prophylaxis or routine dental cleaning is a preventive dental treatment where a dental hygienist cleans and polishes your teeth above the gum line. The American Dental Association recommends regular dental visits, at intervals determined by a dentist. Most dentists recommend regular cleanings every six months. After all, its purpose is to keep gum disease and tooth decay from developing.
On the other hand, periodontal maintenance therapy is the cleaning of your teeth above and below the gum line. Periodontal maintenance therapy is specialized care to prevent the return of periodontal disease. Typically, patients will visit our Frisco dental office three to four times per year for deep cleanings.Request Appointment
Stages Of Periodontal Disease
Understanding the progression of periodontal disease is crucial for maintaining a healthy smile. From the early signs of gingivitis to the more severe stages of bone loss and advanced periodontitis, this comprehensive guide will empower you to take control of your oral health. Learn about the symptoms, causes, and treatment options for each stage as we delve into the intricacies of periodontal disease. Get ready to embark on a path towards healthier gums and a brighter smile.
How Gingivitis Can Progress to Periodontitis
Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease. Essentially, gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease. Often, patients will notice irritation and redness of the gingiva, the gum tissue around the base of the teeth. The tooth connects to your gums below the top surface of your gums that you see.
Food and other particles can get trapped between your tooth and the gum tissue. Good oral hygiene that includes proper brushing and flossing can reduce your risk of infection of the gums. Consistent, comprehensive dental exams from our dentist in Frisco, TX, Dr. Chirag Patel can reduce your risk of gingivitis.
Periodontal Disease Leads To Bone Loss
Periodontal disease often referred to as gum disease, is the development of harmful toxins below the gum line. Gum disease begins with plaque and tartar that turns into a calculus buildup above and below the gum line. Most importantly, periodontal disease can lead to the destruction of your jaw bone and tooth loss.
Poor oral hygiene is not the only contributing factor to gum disease. Some medical conditions that trigger host antibacterial defense mechanisms, such as HIV and diabetes, will likely promote periodontal disease.
Periodontitis, Advanced Gum Disease
Periodontitis is the most advanced form of gum disease. If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to gum recession, loss of bone, and tooth loss. Not to mention, periodontitis is connected to other systemic diseases.
Periodontitis is a grave gum infection that can jeopardize the health of your teeth. Thankfully, your Frisco dentist, Dr Chirag Patel can restore your oral health. If you have suffered tooth loss, because of periodontitis, Dr. Patel can replace missing teeth with dental implants or implant-supported restorations. Additionally, Dr. Patel is experienced in bone grafting, which may be required before implant placement.