Periodontal Disease Maintenance
Periodontal disease maintenance is a dental cleaning procedure that we perform to thoroughly clean the patient’s teeth and gums. Patients who have experienced persistent gum disease, or periodontitis, are sometimes asked to return for more frequent dental cleanings to halt the progression of periodontal disease. Through continued maintenance, Dr. Embree hopes to help the patient maintain healthy gingival tissue. Working with our professional hygienist at Embree Dentistry, we can assist our patients in achieving and maintaining oral health.
Periodontal disease sometimes referred to as gingivitis, is a bacterial infection that occurs when plaque, tartar or calculus has been allowed to remain in place. Bacteria found in plaque thrives, creating a colony that produces acids and can lead to serious inflammation and irritation. As the infection develops, it will produce a chronic inflammatory response in the body, leading to the decay of teeth and the destruction of tissue and bone. As an attempt to move away from the source of infection, your body will respond by receding the gum tissue, creating pockets between the teeth and gums. The recession of tissue does create space between the bacteria and gums but also pulls the gums away from your teeth. Once the patient has lost stabilizing tissue, the teeth can then shift, become unstable, or even completely fall out. The destruction can be considerable. Another negative side effect that is rarely discussed is that the bacteria can gain access to your bloodstream, leading to the infection of other areas of the body.
Dental cleanings, also called Prophylaxis, from a professional hygienist, such as ours at Embree Dentistry, is an excellent way to help keep your teeth and gum tissue in good health, it can also halt the progression of gum disease or periodontitis.
Your Periodontal Maintenance Appointment
Your periodontal maintenance appointment will consist of the following steps:
Depending on your needs, we may ask to see you more frequently than the regular six-month cleaning appointment. This will be discussed with Dr. Embree.
Our staff is happy to assist you in scheduling an appointment or answering your questions. For more information on periodontal maintenance, gum disease, or gingivitis, contact Embree Dentistry at our Ann Arbor office. (734) 973-0000