Periodontal disease is an extremely destructive condition that will eat away at the bone, ligaments and gum tissue surrounding teeth. Without treatment, it may eventually result in tooth loss and can even jeopardize overall health. This condition has been linked to many other serious health problems and is why it’s important to seek treatment for active gum disease and to continue with good periodontal maintenance.
Why Is Periodontal Maintenance So Important?
If you have active gum disease, then our periodontists, Drs. Daniel and Daria Royzman, will first treat the disease before recommending a regular treatment plan involving ongoing periodontal maintenance in New York, New York. This is because advanced gum disease is often chronic, meaning it cannot be completely cured, but just controlled. Once you have had surgical or nonsurgical treatment for gum disease, it is important to keep up a regular regime of periodontal maintenance, as this will help prevent any more destruction of bone, gum, or ligaments around your teeth, halting the progression of this disease.
What Is a Periodontal Cleaning?
If you regularly visit your dentist, then you are probably already familiar with the concept of routine hygiene appointments. Teeth are scaled and polished every six months, as this helps to remove the buildup of plaque or calculus on teeth. This treatment is fine for people who do not have any signs of active periodontal disease, but anyone with this condition will require something more significant, which is akin to a sort of deep cleaning for gums.
Scaling and Root Planing Teeth and Tooth Roots
A periodontal cleaning involves scaling and root planing tooth surfaces and any exposed tooth roots. This is done through the use of special hand tools that help loosen calculus and tartar so it can be gently scaled or scraped away. Afterwards, the root surfaces are planed or smoothed. This is important, as active periodontal disease can eat away at the root surfaces, causing them to become rougher and more likely to trap plaque bacteria. Smoothing these surfaces helps reduce the amount of plaque bacteria that is able to stick to these surfaces, making the gums more able to heal and to reattach themselves to the tooth roots.
Ongoing Periodontal Maintenance Is Vital for Continued Gum Health
Ongoing periodontal cleanings can help reduce gum pockets and will do a lot to keep gums healthy. These types of treatments are recommended even when gum disease is under control. This treatment should be relatively comfortable, but if your gums are particularly sensitive then we can use a local anesthetic.
We welcome you to contact D & D Periodontal Associates, P.C. at 212-759-7763 today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.