Scaling & Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
When bacterial accumulations cause bone loss around the teeth, a diagnosis of periodontal disease is made. The bone loss creates periodontal pockets that are too deep to clean by routine oral hygiene methods and the usual supra-gingival cleaning does not allow enough time to get the deep pockets cleaned out. Scaling and root planning uses several appointments in conjunction with a local anesthetic to give the hygienist time to get deep below the gum line and clean the pockets while still insuring that the patient is comfortable.
Periodontal Maintenance Therapy
Once active periodontal treatment has been completed, periodontal maintenance therapy is prescribed to maintain periodontal stability. Periodontal disease is a chronic condition caused by bacteria that often are normal inhabitants of the oral cavity. To prevent flare ups and recurrences of the condition, a frequent and regular maintenance interval is required, most often every three months.
Periodontal Maintenance involves a comprehensive periodontal cleaning, tailored to your specific periodontal concerns in conjunction with continual assessments of your periodontal condition and modifications in therapy to promote periodontal stability. Frequency of cleaning and specific treatment modalities are tailored to your individual periodontal concerns.