Periodontal Maintenance Therapy in Washington DC & Alexandria VA
Periodontal Maintenance Keeps Your Gums Healthy and Prevents Long-Term Damage
Periodontal maintenance therapy is an ongoing treatment program designed to prevent the progression of gum disease in both the gum tissue and bone that supports the teeth.
Diagnosed with Gum Disease? Start Treatment Immediately.
Periodontal maintenance is necessary for patients who have been diagnosed with and treated for periodontal disease. Also known as gum disease, this is an infection in the gums that can result in jawbone damage if left untreated.
Gum disease starts when bacteria in the mouth forms into a sticky substance known as plaque. Without appropriate dental care, plaque turns into a harder substance known as tartar. Unlike plaque, tartar cannot be removed from the teeth with simple brushing and flossing, but requires treatment from the dentist.
The longer bacterial buildup stays in the mouth, the more inflamed the gums become. At the onset of gum inflammation, or gingivitis, the body’s immune system tries to get rid of these bacteria. The combination of bacterial activity and the body’s immune response leads to the degeneration of the bones and tissues that hold your teeth in place.
Signs of Periodontal Disease:
- Red or swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Sensitivity of the teeth
- Bleeding of the gums
- Receding gum lines
Once periodontal disease has passed a certain point, it cannot be reversed. To stop its progression, regular periodontal maintenance is required.
Halting the Progression of Gum Disease
Periodontal maintenance help keep teeth clean and plaque free and can prevent further damage from taking place. Left untreated, gum disease eventually leads to tooth pain and loss. Regular periodontal maintenance addresses the damage done by gum disease, and can be performed every 3-4 months as needed.
Periodontal maintenance differs from regular cleanings by focusing on the gums and the surface of each tooth all the way down to the root, particularly when pockets have formed in the gums surrounding the teeth. Plaque buildup is assessed and removed, and additional treatment provided as needed to prevent future buildup and address any infection.
Patients who have been diagnosed with any level of periodontal disease should schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Ongoing periodontal maintenance is the best defense against the advancement of gum disease and can prevent tooth loss.
Don’t allow gum disease threaten your smile. Contact us for an appointment at our Washington D.C. or Alexandria, VA offices, and ask about periodontal maintenance.
Dr. Justin Zalewsky, Dr. Michael Hoge, and the Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry team offer a range of periodontal treatment options to the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. area, including residents seeking a periodontist in Annandale, Arlington, Burke, Chevy Chase, Falls Church, Fairfax, and Springfield. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zalewsky or Dr. Hoge, or request your appointment online.