Maintenance

Maintenance

It only takes twenty four hours for plaque that is not removed from your teeth to turn into calculus (tartar).  Daily home cleanings help to remove plaque and decrease the amount of tartar formation.  Special attention must be made to those hard to reach areas.

Once your periodontal treatment has been completed, your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend that you have regular maintenance cleanings.  At these cleaning appointments, the pocket depths will be carefully checked to ensure that they are healthy.  Plaque and calculus that is difficult for you to remove on a daily basis will be removed from above and below the gum line.

In addition to your periodontal evaluation and periodontal cleaning, your appointment will include:

  • Diagnostic x-rays (radiographs):  Essential for detection of tooth decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.  X-rays also help to determine tooth and root positions and tooth formation.
  • Gum disease evaluation:  Check the gums and bone levels around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Examination for tooth decay:  All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay.
  • Examination of existing restorations:  Check the current status of existing fillings, crowns, etc.
  • Oral cancer screening:  Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, soft tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque.
  • Oral hygiene recommendations: Review and recommend oral hygiene aids as needed.

Good oral hygiene practices and periodontal cleanings are essential in maintaining dental health and keeping periodontal disease under control.