Periodontal Maintenance in Houston, TX
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About Periodontal Maintenance
Periodontal gum disease is a progressive condition, increasing in severity over time as bacteria found in your mouth mix with pieces of food and saliva, causing plaque to develop. Many men and women think that brushing and flossing are all it takes to eradicate plaque, but that is just not the case. To manage periodontal maintenance, it is important to see a professional, like experienced dentist Dr. Nicosia at Patrick V. Nicosia D.D.S., M.S., Inc. in Houston, TX. Periodontal disease can advance beyond the beginning stage (gingivitis) into the stages known as periodontitis and advanced periodontitis with tooth and bone loss becoming very real possibilities. Both of these conditions can cause a number of issues for any patient.
If it’s been a while since you visited a dentist and you’re experiencing any of the below symptoms, you may be experiencing early signs of periodontal disease:
- Bleeding when you brush or floss (bleeding from your gums is never normal)
- Tender, swollen, or inflamed gums
- Dental sensitivity to hot or cold beverages and foods
- Bad breath or lingering unpleasant taste in your mouth
What Are The Benefits Of Periodontal Maintenance?
Periodontal maintenance, also known as periodontal cleaning, is a critical part of maintaining good oral health. Some of the benefits of periodontal maintenance include:
- Prevention of periodontal disease
- Reduced risk of tooth loss
- Early detection of oral health issues
- Fresher breath
- Improved overall health
Am I A Candidate For Periodontal Maintenance?
Individuals who ought to seek out treatment for gum disease range from those who experience any gumline inflammation and bleeding to anyone who has loose teeth and noticeable wear to the nearby oral tissues. If gum disease is identified and treated early, patients have better potential to treat the condition's adverse symptoms. A number of individuals have bleeding gums and inflammation, which might be assumed to be natural or normal. However, bleeding and other indications of gum disease are never normal and must be evaluated promptly by Dr. Nicosia or someone on his team.
We ask patients to plan an appointment if they observe one or more of the possible signs of periodontal disease. These signs can consist of swollen, discolored, or tender gum tissue, as well as bleeding during brushing or flossing. Long-lasting bad breath or an unpleasant taste in someone's mouth may be an indicator as well. People with later-stage periodontal disease can notice shifting teeth, increased discomfort, a weakening gumline, or discharge in the mouth.
What to Expect from Periodontal Maintenance
There are a variety of dental treatments that can be helpful in the battle against gum disease. The primary goal of treatment is to control infection. In addition to the advanced technology used by Dr. Nicosia, his team is prepared to perform many of the procedures in his comfortable and state-of-the-art Houston dental clinic. Periodontal cleaning and periodontal maintenance have these additional benefits:
- More intense cleaning of the areas above the gumline (also known as supragingival cleaning)
- Deeper cleaning of tartar and bacteria below the gumline (also known as subgingival cleaning)
- Smoothing of the tooth’s root to effectively eliminate any remaining bacteria (also known as root planing)
- The use of antibiotics or antimicrobial cream creates expedited healing
- Proactive approach using advanced imaging technology to monitor the extent of (and defend against the advancement of) bone loss and gum recession
Although the degree of gum disease and level of care needed to treat the condition will vary among patients, periodontal maintenance is generally recommended every 3 – 4 months. When you schedule a consultation with Dr. Nicosia, he’ll provide you with a treatment plan, including a schedule of future appointments before your first treatment begins.
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Supportive Periodontal Treatments
While gum disease cannot be cured, regular treatments and periodontal maintenance appointments may help keep symptoms manageable and help prevent further damage to your smile. If you would like more information about periodontal disease and how our team at Patrick V. Nicosia D.D.S., M.S., Inc. can create a customized treatment plan for you, contact our center in Houston, TX and schedule your consultation.
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Periodontal Maintenance FAQs
How often should I receive periodontal maintenance treatments?
The frequency of periodontal maintenance visits will depend on your gum disease's severity and overall oral health. In general, most people with gum disease will need to have periodontal maintenance every three to four months.
What can I do to maintain healthy teeth and gums at home?
To maintain healthy teeth and gums at home, you should brush your teeth at least twice daily, floss daily, and use an antiseptic mouthwash. You should also avoid smoking or using tobacco products, limit consumption of sugary or acidic foods and drinks, and maintain a healthy diet.
Is periodontal maintenance painful?
Periodontal maintenance is not typically painful. However, you may experience some discomfort during the cleaning process if you have sensitive gums or teeth. Dr. Nicosia can provide numbing agents or other techniques to help alleviate any discomfort.