Periodontal maintenance procedures for a healthier smile
Patients who have already been treated for gum disease need to take extra good care of their oral health. In addition to following instructions Dr. Jaebum Lee provides after gum disease treatment, pa-tients are advised to come in for periodontal maintenance visits. These scheduled visits help us moni-tor the health of the gums and perform deeper cleanings to reduce the risk of another infection de-veloping in the mouth.
Scheduling Periodontal Maintenance Visits
We typically schedule deep cleaning visits every three to four months instead of the standard once every six months on a periodontal maintenance plan. This allows us to monitor your progress and encourages the gums to heal on their own as quickly as possible. We ask patients to commit to our recommended schedule and use any recommended products at home for optimal results.
Scaling and Root Planing
Many patients with mild cases of gum disease can restore the health of their gums with scaling and root planing therapy. This nonsurgical treatment involves deep cleaning the tissue and removing all traces of infection in the mouth. After the teeth have been smoothed and polished using ultrasonic tools, the gums are in better shape to reattach to the surface of the tooth. This closes up the periodontal pockets that formed around the teeth so bacteria can no longer enter the bloodstream through the mouth.
Periodontal Maintenance Treatments
Periodontal maintenance plans are designed to keep your gums in good condition after a successful gum disease procedure. Whether you have undergone osseous surgery, scaling and root planing therapy, or a gingivectomy, our board certified periodontist will put you on a periodontal maintenance plan to ensure the gums are healing properly and the infection is not coming back.