Periodontal maintenance therapy is a continuous treatment program aimed at preventing the progression of gum disease and symptoms such as gum recession. Surgery is not a part of this treatment. Instead, patients will receive thorough periodontal maintenance cleanings to prevent infection from progressing to further bone loss or the potential for tooth loss. Patients in need of periodontal treatment in Valencia, CA can contact Dr. David Goldberg for more information.
What is periodontal maintenance?
When patients have been diagnosed with and treated for periodontal disease, maintaining the health of the gums and managing the bacteria that cause this infection are crucial. Periodontal maintenance involves making regular visits to Dr. Goldberg for below the gum cleanings. The goal of treatment is to prevent plaque, tartar, and bacteria from building up and progressing the infection. Periodontal maintenance can help prevent additional problems such as further bone loss, tooth loss, or the need for gum recession surgery.
Why is it necessary?
Gum disease occurs when bacteria produce toxins that destroy bone and gum tissue. If plaque is not removed, it will harden and turn into tartar which cannot be removed with home care. Plaque and tartar deposits provide a place for bacteria to live and thrive, so they must be removed on a frequent basis. Even patients who brush and floss everyday cannot prevent all tartar from forming. This is why periodontal maintenance is necessary. Having regular checkups and professional cleanings can keep the accumulation of these deposits to a minimum and help prevent the need for gum disease or gum recession surgery.
How long does treatment last?
Dr. Goldberg will determine the length and frequency of your cleanings based on the severity of the infection and how well you have responded to treatment in the past. It is also important to measure how quickly your mouth accumulates plaque and the effectiveness of your home oral hygiene regimen.
It is important to understand that periodontal maintenance therapy is different than a “normal” cleaning. If you have periodontal disease, a normal cleaning is no longer appropriate for your needs. To learn more about periodontal treatment in Valencia, CA, contact Dr. Goldberg and schedule your consultation today!