Periodontal maintenance is the process through which your dentist keeps your gums healthy to prevent gum disease. Your dentist may recommend periodontal maintenance if you have gum disease or have risk factors that may make you more susceptible to the disease.
How often do I need periodontal maintenance?
Some patients will require more frequent periodontal maintenance due to factors such as:
- Periodontal disease
- Aggressive tooth brushing
- Poor oral hygiene
Can I skip periodontal maintenance?
Periodontal maintenance involves cleaning your teeth and checking for symptoms of gum disease. If periodontal maintenance is skipped, symptoms of gum disease can get worse. If bacteria are allowed to build upon your teeth, your gums can become swollen and irritated.
In addition to swollen gums, your gums may begin to recede. Receding gums expose the roots of your teeth, which can result in more sensitive teeth. If the roots of your teeth become exposed, you may experience painful tooth decay and cavities.
How much does periodontal maintenance cost?
The cost of periodontal maintenance depends on how far your disease has progressed. Although most insurance plans do not typically cover periodontal maintenance, it's usually much more affordable than restorative treatments.
What should I expect during periodontal maintenance?
Plaque and calculus deposits can build up on both your teeth and gums. These deposits can cause decay and gum disease, which is why your dentist or dental hygienist might recommend a more frequent cleaning schedule. During a periodontal maintenance appointment, your dentist or dental hygienist will:
- Remove plaque and calculus deposits from your teeth.
- Detect early signs of decay and gum disease.
- Remove plaque and tartar from gum pockets.
- Evaluate risk factors like your bite and tooth alignment.
- Discuss steps you can take to improve your oral health.
- Provide you with additional recommendations.
At Dynamic Dental Services, we offer the best dental care possible to each of our patients in a positive and relaxing environment. If you're ready to experience the best dental care, please contact us at (773) 538-6191 or visit us at 5401 S. WENTWORTH AVE. #200, Chicago, IL 60609.