What to Expect During Periodontal Maintenance
The steps involved in periodontal maintenance will vary from patient to patient depending upon your unique needs, but appointments typically begin with a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, bite, plaque and bone structure and review of your medical and oral health history. It may also be necessary to take an X-Ray or other diagnostic exam to identify underlying issues and determine whether additional treatment is necessary. We will also measure the depth of your pockets to determine if periodontal disease has developed. Pockets with a depth of 4mm or greater may need to have a deep cleaning and/or scaling and root planning procedure performed to remove the bacteria and plaque that has accumulated. Following this, we will explain the state of your current health, steps you can take at home to maintain and improve your oral health, and if necessary, discuss necessary treatment options. Following this, your periodontal maintenance appointment will be complete.
Benefits of Periodontal Maintenance
There are many benefits you will enjoy by scheduling regular periodontal maintenance, including the following:
- Progression of gum disease can be slowed or reversed
- Deep cleaning/scaling and root planning will remove tartar that cannot be removed through traditional brushing methods
- Reduced inflammation allows your gums to heal and reduces your risk of developing other inflammatory-related conditions
- Protects your overall oral health and significantly reduces your risk of developing periodontal disease
- Maintaining good oral health will preserve/improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile
- Corrects halitosis caused by periodontal disease
- Can result in diagnosis of other health issues, such as diabetes, kidney issues, and/or oral cancer.
Aftercare Instructions Following Periodontal Maintenance
While these regular appointments are a critical component to enjoying good oral health, the type of self-care you follow at home is even more important. In addition to brushing and flossing twice daily, eat healthy, avoid use of tobacco, and take efforts to avoid being sedentary and reduce high levels of stress, as both are linked as underlying causes of systemic issues, including periodontal disease. By making a commitment to following a consistent oral health routine and living a healthy lifestyle, you will significantly reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease and enjoy improved overall oral and physical health.
How Much Does Periodontal Maintenance Cost?
At Periodontic Associates of Port Huron, we are committed to making sure you understand what the cost of treatment will be and will do everything we can to help you maximize your dental health benefits and explore third-party financing plans if necessary. One of our business coordinators will be happy to conduct a complimentary benefits analysis for you when you are in the office.
If you do not have insurance and are concerned about the cost of periodontal care, you are not alone. We understand that cost of periodontal treatment is one of the biggest concerns our patients have and are committed to ensuring our patients receive the care they deserve, and that cost of treatment does not prevent this from happening. To learn more about all the financial options we offer, contact our office today.
For your convenience, we accept cash, check, credit cards, and financing.
Personalized Care and High Quality Services
At Periodontic Associates of Port Huron, you can be confident that you will have an unparalleled dental experience. Our team of experienced and dedicated professionals are committed to providing the highest level of periodontal support and taking time to get to know our patients. We believe that developing this level of trust and open communication is an essential component to understanding your unique needs and providing you with optimal care.
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