Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal Maintenance Services in Cleveland, OH

If you have periodontal disease and are looking for a reliable and knowledgeable dentist, Ryba Dentistry in Cleveland, OH, can help with periodontal maintenance therapy to prevent the progression of gum disease and other issues like inflammation and loss of teeth. 

Periodontal Maintenance Visits

Periodontal disease, also known as gingivitis or gum disease, occurs when bacteria from plaque accumulate at the gumline, causing irritation and serious inflammation. After a patient is diagnosed, the initial condition is often treated with a deep dental cleaning or root scaling. However, after three months, bacteria in the mouth can accumulate again, causing the return of inflammation and other symptoms. To help maintain good oral health, a non-surgical approach of periodontal maintenance therapy will need to occur every 3-4 months to treat the disease. While there is no cure for periodontal disease, and every case is different, the treatment is designed to disrupt the bacteria and manage the disease. 

 

Periodontal Maintenance Stages

The maintenance process for periodontal disease consists of four main phases to help treat and manage the disease:

 

  • Evaluation: The first step is assessing the severity of the periodontal disease. Each case is unique and will require an assessment of the gum recession, pockets, amount of bleeding, and overall oral health of the patient. 

  • Diagnosis: After evaluating the gums and mouth, a dental professional can assess the number of maintenance visits required to manage the condition.

  • Treatment: During the treatment process, the pockets in the mouth will be rescaled. A thorough cleaning is also done to remove plaque and tartar below the gum line. Other typical procedures include assessing bleeding sites, teeth cleaning, charting periodontal pocket depths, and irrigating the mouth with antibacterial mouthwash.

  • Evaluation of Risk: During this process, after everything has been assessed by a dental professional, they can determine how long a patient should wait between each maintenance therapy visit and how long they will need to continue this treatment.

 

How is Periodontal Maintenance different from Regular Dental Cleanings? 

Regular dental cleanings occur when a dental hygienist professionally cleans your teeth, also known as preventative dentistry, and consist of removing plaque and tartar build-up. Although periodontal maintenance focuses on removing tartar, its primary function is to prevent further oral health issues from progressing.

 

How long will Periodontal Maintenance Therapy take?

While there is no cure for periodontal disease, seeking maintenance therapy can help treat the disease. Every case of periodontitis is different, and it is important to continue consulting a treatment plan with a dental professional. 

 

Book Your Next Periodontal Maintenance Appointment

The dental team at Ryba Dentistry are highly-trained experts in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. We are prepared to give our patients cleaning and treatment for all dental needs. We are happy to answer any questions or help with any concerns. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

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