Importance of Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal Disease is an infection of the gums and bone which if left untreated, will eventually destroy the support for your natural teeth.  The primary cause of gum disease dental plaque accumulation especially in genetically susceptible people.  

There are a number of treatment options depending on the severity of the periodontal disease including scaling and root planning, laser therapy, pocket reduction surgery, regeneration surgery among others. After stabilizing the periodontal disease, the periodontist stresses on proper oral home care and maintenance appointments. According to Dr. Jessica Stilley, “Once the mouth becomes healthier following the appropriate treatment, the most important phase of periodontal therapy is the continuation of treatment with periodontal maintenance.”

The frequency of periodontal maintenance cleanings is determined by the patient’s unique susceptibility to the disease. Usually, these teeth cleaning sessions are scheduled every 2- 4 months, and alternate between a general dentist and periodontists.  The reason for frequent cleanings is because the bacterias associated with periodontal conditions activate the disease every 3 months. Therefore, before the detrimental bacteria invade, they should be removed from the teeth especially below the gumline where bacteria likes to habit.  

Dr. Camille Medina believes, “As dental specialists, not only do we care about your general oral health, but we pay special attention to prevent periodontal disease recurrence, therefore maintenance appointments are key.” During these appointments, bacterial plaque will be removed above and below the gumline by our hygienist and the health of your gums and bone levels are evaluated.  The periodontist and hygienist work together to make sure things are maintaining stable and if recurrence is noticed,  radiographs may be taken and early intervention can be done to prevent further surgical treatment.  Dr. Steven Lieber adds, “Radiographs are used to monitor the extent of bone disease and the presence of infection.  These images also help locate areas that may be progressing.”

At Periodontal Health Center, we want patients to feel comfortable about their treatment and confident that they are doing the right thing for their oral and overall health. For periodontal maintenance appointment call to schedule either to our Tampa or New Port Richey locations by using our online form.