Periodontal maintenance is a deep cleaning therapy performed to clean the teeth comprehensively. Deep cleaning is performed to prevent the progression of periodontal disease.
It is vital for patients with periodontal diseases to undertake deep cleanings. Without them, the infection can spread and cause serious damage to your gums and teeth. At Ryan Rush DDS PLLC in Fort Collins, CO 80526, we provide periodontal maintenance for people with periodontal disease to keep their oral health in great shape.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease and gingivitis are caused by plaque and bacteria that had settled on the gingival tissue above or below the gum line. These bacteria clusters cause severe irritation and inflammation and consequently trigger a chronic inflammatory response in the body. This means the body, as it fights against the bacteria, damages gum and bone tissue in the process, making the teeth shift, loosen, or fall out. The harmful pockets between the teeth and gums become deeper and breed more bacteria which may circulate through the bloodstream and cause infection in other parts of the body.
What Does Periodontal Maintenance Involve?
Deep cleanings can be performed in the course of a regular dental visit. If necessary, general anesthesia can be used where severe periodontal disease has been diagnosed. As a precautionary measure, an endotracheal tube would be inserted into the throat to protect the lungs from the dangerous bacteria that will be removed from the mouth.
The deep cleaning is generally performed in several stages:
The hygienist will comprehensively clean the area above the gum line with scaling instruments to rid them of plaque and tartar.
This is the next crucial step for patients with periodontal disease, and it involves the removal of bacteria and calculus from the gum pockets and beneath the gum line.
This process involves the smoothing of the tooth root to eliminate any remaining bacteria. These bacteria are extremely hazardous, so eliminating them is one of the top priorities of this process.
An antimicrobial cream or antibiotic may be placed in the gum pockets following the scaling and root planing procedure. These antibiotic treatments may promote faster and healthy healing in the pockets and help ease discomfort.
Regular X-rays can be extremely beneficial when it comes to periodontal disease. They show how much bone has been lost and how far the gum has receded. They also assist us in identifying areas that may need future attention.
If you need a regular cleaning or periodontal maintenance, call Ryan Rush, DDS PLLC, Dentist in Fort Collins CO 80526 at (970) 223-5393 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ryan Rush.