Periodontal Maintenance Program in Bardonia, NY
Hudson Valley Periodontics & Implantology provides periodontal maintenance services in Bardonia, NY. Call 845-623-6666 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Once periodontal disease has been treated, steps must be taken to keep your gums healthy in the long-term. Good oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing are critical, but equally important are periodontal maintenance visits to our office. We’ll recommend a maintenance schedule based on how quickly you develop calculus, as well as your current and past periodontal health.
Periodontal maintenance visits involve oral examinations and thorough dental cleanings. Plaque and tartar is removed above and below the gumline, and the depth of your periodontal pockets is closely monitored to ensure that your gums are healthy. Because gum disease is caused by the bacteria found in plaque and tartar, keeping your teeth clean is key to maintaining good periodontal health.
Frequently Asked Questions About Periodontal Maintenance
What is considered periodontal maintenance?
Periodontal maintenance is a deep cleaning that involves scaling teeth above and below the gumline to remove plaque and tartar. Typically, periodontal maintenance is recommended for patients with a history of gum disease. These treatments are scheduled for regular intervals after an initial scaling and root planing treatment or periodontal surgery.
How often do you need periodontal maintenance?
The frequency of your periodontal maintenance appointments depends on the health of your gums. Periodontal maintenance appointments every three months is a common schedule, but every patient has their own unique circumstances and your maintenance program will be tailored to your needs.
Do I need periodontal maintenance forever?
If your gum disease has been in remission for some time, we may decide that periodontal maintenance is no longer necessary. In these cases, it’s important that you see your dentist for dental cleanings and exams every six months. For most patients, periodontal maintenance is a long-term commitment they must make to keep gum disease at bay; once someone has had gum disease, it’s very easy for the bacteria to recolonize the mouth and begin to attack the gums and jawbone again.
Is periodontal maintenance a deep cleaning?
Yes, another term used for periodontal maintenance is deep cleaning. The two terms are often used interchangeably.
Does insurance cover periodontal maintenance?
Dental insurance plans vary, and some cover periodontal maintenance while others only cover two prophylaxis appointments each year. We’ll help you understand your benefits if you’re not sure what your insurance covers.
Call 845-623-6666 to schedule your appointment.