If plaque and tartar have significantly damaged your mouth, all hope is not lost. It’s possible to minimize and even reverse signs of periodontal disease with periodontal maintenance. Unlike a basic preventative cleaning, periodontal maintenance is designed specifically for patients who have periodontal disease and complications such as deep gum pockets, bleeding gums, exposed root surfaces, and bone loss in the jaw.
Periodontal maintenance provides a much deeper and more comprehensive cleaning for patients at high risk of gum disease complications. This is why it’s performed three to four times a year, rather than only every six months. In addition to cleaning the teeth and gums, periodontal maintenance also involves:
- Removing plaque and tartar from below the gum line
- Measuring gum pocket depth
- Smoothing tooth roots
- Evaluation of bone loss and infection
- Inflammation treatment
Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy (Scaling & Root PlanIng)
Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. Left untreated, gum disease causes serious complications like tooth loss, bone loss, and accelerated decay. This is why it’s so important to receive periodontal therapy from your San Diego dentist.
Dr. Carlo specializes in non-surgical periodontal therapy techniques like scaling and root planing. If your gum disease is treated early, scaling and root planing may be enough to stop the progression of disease.
Dr. Carlo may also recommend an antibiotic or other prescription to help your gum tissue heal after periodontal therapy.