What Is Periodontal Maintenance?
Unfortunately gum disease or periodontal disease is very common and people with advanced periodontitis may require ongoing treatment or periodontal maintenance to help control this condition as it can become chronic. With advanced periodontal disease, the gums begin to recede exposing the tooth roots, causing deep pockets to form in between the teeth and gums and these are the perfect haven for bacteria. Periodontal maintenance focuses on helping to remove the bacteria causing the infection in the gums, enabling the gum tissue to heal more easily so your gums will hopefully begin to fit more snugly around your teeth. This is normally done through deep cleaning the gums, a process called scaling and root planing.
What Is Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling and root planing is a process similar to prophylaxis but which results in a much deeper clean. Treatment concentrates on removing hardened plaque or tartar from the teeth as well as from any exposed tooth root surfaces. If your gums are quite badly infected, it’s possible you may experience some minor discomfort during this treatment and if this is the case then we can use local anaesthetic to keep you comfortable. Scaling can leave the tooth and tooth root surfaces slightly rougher than before or they may have become damaged due to the bacterial infection so once all the tartar is removed we will gently smooth or plane these surfaces. This helps remove even more bacteria and a smoother surface makes it harder for bacteria to adhere. If you have particularly deep periodontal pockets, we can also use topical antibiotics to help reduce the infection.
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