Most people are familiar with routine dental cleanings. The goal of these treatments is to remove traces of plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums to keep them healthy and prevent the occurrence of cavities and periodontal disease. If you have been affected by periodontal (gum) disease, however, you may have had a special cleaning called a scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning, to restore health to your gums. Following this periodontal treatment, the dental cleanings that you receive at your dentist office are called “periodontal maintenance care.”
Patients who have a history of periodontal disease need deeper, more thorough cleanings than other patients. Pockets are the spaces between the teeth and gums where plaque and tartar form and collect, and for patients with periodontal disease, these pockets can be bigger, raising the risk for future dental issues. Periodontal maintenance is a type of cleaning that is deeper than a normal cleaning and that is essential to restore as well as maintain the health of the gums and bones.
Periodontal maintenance near you will need to take place more frequently than the recommended routine visits every six months. Though it can be challenging to schedule more frequent dental visits, it is important to do so to remove bacteria regularly from the mouth as they can lead to inflammation, infection, and cause other health issues. It is a more intensive procedure, but you don’t need to worry about discomfort; we work with every patient to choose the anesthetic option that’s right for them and to provide a comfortable procedure. Your dentist will also talk with you about how often you’ll need to receive periodontal maintenance to keep your mouth healthy. Our office can work with you regarding insurance and helping you to understand what amounts are covered by your plan.
Whether you require periodontal maintenance or simply a routine cleaning for yourself and your family, you can have confidence that you’ll receive quality care at our office. Every member of our team is experienced and knowledgeable in maintaining oral health and we look forward to working with you to achieve it.
For periodontal maintenance in Irvine you can get in touch with the dentists at Great Park Dental. We also offer our services in other locations such as East Irvine, Orangetree, Oak Creek, Woodbridge, Cypress Village, Woodbury, and Stonegate.