Periodontal maintenance involves an intense cleaning called “scaling and root planing” to remove plaque and bacteria around the gums and teeth. During a periodontal maintenance appointment, our dental hygienists will:
Remove surface-level plaque and tartar, just like we do during a routine cleaning.
Clean in between your teeth and clean down to your gum line, and possibly even a little below. This process is called scaling and root planing.
Examine the pockets in between and beneath your gums. These pockets are common areas where bacteria and plaque can collect and eventually lead to infection.
At Peak Dental Arts, we provide periodontal maintenance every three to four months for patients who are diagnosed with periodontal disease.
Because periodontal disease can be severe, Peak Dental Arts uses ARESTIN® to help prevent the growth of bacteria. ARESTIN, also called minocycline hydrochloride, is an antibiotic used to kill bacteria that cause periodontal infections.
During your periodontal maintenance appointment at Peak Dental Arts, we will place ARESTIN in any infected areas or pockets around your gums. ARESTIN is commonly applied right after the scaling and root planing procedure, which is used to disrupt bacteria beneath the gum line.
We use ARESTIN because it works quickly and starts killing bacteria at the source of infection. Even better, ARESTIN continues to fight bacteria after your appointment. Because of this, it is better than relying on scaling and root planing alone. ARESTIN can help to fight infection and inflammation for up to 30 days.
Periodontal disease is a very serious oral condition characterized by infected gums. Also called periodontitis, it means your gums are infected with bacteria that can spread to your teeth, roots, and even elsewhere throughout the body. The common symptoms of periodontal disease include:
Overall oral discomfort may also indicate that an infection is developing or has already settled.
Periodontal maintenance or deep cleaning is different from the regular cleaning appointments you might be used to. Regular cleaning appointments are preventative – they’re intended to stop cavities or conditions like periodontal disease from occurring in the first place.
If you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, you will need more than a regular cleaning. Instead, you’ll need deep cleaning or periodontal maintenance to clear away the advanced plaque and bacteria that may adversely affect your overall oral health.
There are many benefits of periodontal maintenance appointments at Peak Dental Arts.