Here are a few frequently asked questions (FAQs) by our patients about periodontal maintenance:
What is Periodontal Maintenance?
A routine cleaning is not recommended if you have periodontal disease (gum disease) that has resulted in bone loss, gum pockets deeper than 4 millimetres, bleeding gums, or exposed root surfaces, or if you have had periodontal surgery or root planing to treat periodontal disease. Scaling is required for periodontal maintenance in order to keep the gums and bones healthy. Plaque and tartar are removed from above and below the gum line, as well as from the length of each tooth to the point where the root, gum, and bone meet. If necessary, rough parts of the roots are smoothed, pocket depths are carefully monitored, and inflamed pockets may be treated with antibiotics.
Is periodontal cleaning painful?
This depends on the patient’s level of pain tolerance and the scope of the scaling and root planing required. Generally, the procedure is not painful, therefore the quick answer is no. You may feel uncomfortable afterward, but the procedure can be finished with the application of a local anaesthetic to the soft tissue to reduce any discomfort.
What is the cost of periodontal therapy?
The cost of the treatment depends on a few factors. These include the location from where you are getting the treatment, the dentist providing it, and the extent of treatment required.
At times, the treatment precedes surgery if the damage to the teeth and gums requires it. This can increase the cost. Some insurance plans offer coverage for periodontal cleaning. Mostly, the insurance company is likely to pay for all or part of two such cleanings in a year. To learn more about coverage policies, you should contact your dental insurance company.
How often should I get periodontal cleaning?
On average, the dentist may recommend getting periodontal therapy once or twice a year. However, the frequency may be increased if your dentist believes it is necessary to maintain your oral health.
Can periodontal therapy control gum disease?
If your gum disease is in its very early stage, called gingivitis, then it is possible to reverse it. When it has progressed to advanced stages (periodontitis), then it is only possible to treat it but there is no absolute cure. If your gum disease has advanced, then the dentist will recommend an oral health plan personalized for your needs. If you follow this plan, you can still maintain a good level of teeth, gum, and bone health.
Periodontal Dentistry in Seattle
Sue Vetter’s dental services in Seattle include periodontal therapy, which also features scaling and root planing. We will first schedule a dental check-up to ensure you have gum disease. Depending on the extent of damage to your teeth and gums, a dental plan will be developed for you.
We ensure that our patients get treatment in a comfortable and hygienic environment, under the supervision of qualified dentists and trained staff. From the start to the end of your treatment, you can be assured of having convenience.