At Hoffner Elite Dentistry, our goal is to help protect and maintain our patients’ gum health, known as periodontal maintenance. Periodontal maintenance typically refers to the services and treatments completed by our team to ensure the health and wellness of our patients’ gum and oral health.
Periodontal maintenance is utilized typically after a patient has already undergone a type of non-surgical or surgical periodontal treatment, such as a deep cleaning or surgery to treat their periodontal disease. To ensure that these treatments will last for years to come, our expert team will work with you to ensure that you are maintaining your periodontal health.
Periodontal Maintenance Cleanings
An important part of periodontal maintenance is periodic cleanings performed by our doctor to help remove plaque and bacteria from the deep areas and pockets of your gums and teeth. Since you have already undergone more intense procedures to help eliminate your periodontal disease, these cleanings are usually simple and painless.
These cleanings are typically completed every two to three months, depending on your unique situation–they will help to eliminate the harmful bacteria, allowing good bacteria to thrive. The types of bacteria that cause periodontal disease takes about six to eight weeks to reach high enough levels to cause teeth and bone damage, which is why we recommend having these periodic cleanings.
Why Periodontal Maintenance Is Important
There have been multiple long-term studies that have shown the effectiveness of proper periodontal maintenance when it comes to preventing future periodontal disease and issues in patients who have undergone periodontal surgery. On the flip side, when proper periodontal maintenance is not performed, gum disease is likely to return and tooth loss can increase by almost 500%.
Healthy Gums For Years To Come
Our team at Hoffner Elite Dentistry encourages you to continue to work on maintaining your periodontal health and keep your gums and teeth healthy for years to come with periodontal maintenance treatment. We invite you to reach out to our office at our doctor if you have any questions about maintenance or treatment. We’re looking forward to helping you maintain healthy gums for life!