Maintenance of Periodontitis
Periodontal maintenance in Brooklyn, NY is a treatment done to prevent the development of periodontal disease. They provide a more thorough examination and cleaning of the teeth and gums than a routine preventative cleaning and should usually be done four times a year.
Plaque that has not been removed from your teeth for more than 24 hours turns into calculus, or tartar, which leads to gingivitis and periodontitis. Daily home tooth maintenance is key to preventing excessive buildup of plaque, but there are still hard-to-reach areas in the mouth that require professional treatment.
During a periodontal cleaning appointment, the pockets in the gums will be measured to ensure that they are developing healthily. Plaque and calculus will then be removed from above and below the gum line.
Periodontal cleaning appointments also often include the following:
- Oral cancer screening
The face, neck, tongue, throat, lips, cheek tissue, and gums will be checked for signs of oral cancer.
- Examination of existing restorations
Tooth fillings and crowns will be checked to ensure they are functioning properly.
- Examination of tooth decay
Tooth surfaces will be checked for signs of decay.
- Examination of diagnostic X-rays
Also called radiographs, diagnostic X-rays are used to detect tumors, cysts, bone loss, and any signs of decay in the oral region. Tooth and tooth root positions can also be determined with X-rays.
- Oral hygiene recommendations
Good oral hygiene aids, such as periodontal brushes, fluorides, rinses, electric toothbrushes, etc. will be recommended according to the patient’s individual health situation.
- Teeth polishing
Any plaque or stains on the teeth that have not been removed during scaling or daily tooth brushing will be removed.
Periodontal cleanings and proper periodontal maintenance are the foundations of maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile throughout life. We offer periodontal maintenance to patients in Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Park Slope, Crown Heights, and other areas of Brooklyn.
Schedule your cleaning at Brooklyn Dentist today to keep periodontal disease under control!