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Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry

Periodontal Maintenance

Washington DC & Alexandria VA

Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal Maintenance Washington DC & Alexandria VA

Periodontal Maintenance Washington DC & Alexandria VA

Gum disease is an increasingly common issue that is generally preventable, provided you practice good daily oral hygiene habits and schedule regular visits to your dentist. If your dentist has informed you that you have developed gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) it is important to schedule a visit to treat the issue as soon as possible. If left untreated, gum disease can cause a number of issues to develop, the most common being the progression of gum disease from gingivitis to periodontitis and eventually advanced periodontitis. The initial stages of gum disease will typically present as swollen and/or bleeding gums, untreated will eventually result in the decay and the deterioration of your jawbone and/or the loss of teeth. In addition to these oral health concerns, an increasing number of studies indicate that chronic inflammation of the gums can also lead to systemic inflammation, which increases your risk of developing serious health issues, such as dementia, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, stroke, or heart disease.

To prevent or treat gum disease, the best thing you can do (in addition to practicing good daily oral hygiene habits) is to schedule regular periodontal maintenance. Unlike the traditionally recommended dental visit every six months, patients who have developed or are more susceptible to gum disease should schedule periodontal maintenance every three months. The frequency will vary depending upon the severity of your case, how quickly you develop plaque, and how successful previous periodontal treatment has been.

At Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, our specialty trained periodontists Dr. Justin Zalewsky and Dr. Antara Daru have years of experience treating a wide range of stages of gum disease and placing dental implants. To learn more about periodontal maintenance or treatment options for gum disease, our clinic facilities, or to schedule an appointment for a procedure, contact our Alexandria, VA office at (703) 823-2422 or our Washington D.C. office at (202) 296-3360.

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Dr. Justin Zalewsky

Dr. Zalewsky

Dr. Justin Zalewsky, a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry, then went on to Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry where he received his Certificate of Periodontology and Oral Implantology.

Dr.Daru

Dr. Daru

Dr. Antara Daru, a graduate of New York University College of Dentistry, then went on to University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dentistry where she received her Masters of Science in Oral Biology and Certificate in Periodontology and Oral Implantology.

Periodontal Maintenance Appointments

Every patient will have different needs, which will determine the exact type of periodontal maintenance performed. In general, you can expect the following steps to occur at your periodontal maintenance appointment:

  • We will discuss your health history and any changes that may have recently occurred
  • We will examine the tissues of your mouth
  • We will measure the pocket depths around your teeth. Healthy gums will have a pocket depth of around 1-3 mm. Anything deeper than 4 mm is an indication that periodontal disease has begun to develop.
  • We will assess your oral hygiene habits and provide recommendations if necessary.
  • The tartar and plaque will be removed, typically with scaling and root planing procedure or LANAP
  • We may take an X-ray to evaluate your bone and teeth
  • We will examine your teeth for indications of additional dental issues and/or decay
  • We will check to ensure your bite is correct
  • If necessary, medication will be prescribed

Benefits of Periodontal Maintenance

There are countless benefits to having periodontal maintenance regularly performed, including the following:

  • Progression of gum disease is slowed down or halted
  • Buildup that cannot be removed with home care products can be removed in the office
  • With the inflammation and irritation treated, your gums will have a chance to heal, which means they can again reseal around your teeth
  • Strengthens the teeth and decreases the likelihood of tooth loss
  • Reduces the risk of other health issues, such as diabetes, stroke, and/or heart disease

Getting Your Oral Health Back on Track

Although regular periodontal maintenance can help reverse and even correct gum disease, this maintenance will not be nearly as effective or long-lasting if you do not practice regular and correct oral-health care at home. Brush and floss twice daily, and continue scheduling regular visits to your periodontist. This will ensure that your teeth receive consistent professional cleanings, which will reduce your risk of developing gingivitis or
periodontitis. It is also important to eat nutrient-dense foods and avoid sugary foods and beverages that are more likely to cause decay. If you follow these best practices, you will enjoy a bright and healthy smile for many years to come.

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Periodontal Maintenance Cost

The cost of periodontal maintenance will depend on a variety of factors, including your dental insurance plan, whether or not additional procedures are required, the severity of your case, and how frequently you need to schedule visits.

At Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to ensuring that money is not a deterrent to our patients receiving the optimal dental health care they deserve. For this reason, we offer a range of payment options regardless of what type of treatment you are having, which our staff will be happy to explain and assist with. Our office insurance coordinators work with other insurance companies to assist patients with their claims.

For your convenience, Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry accepts cash, check, debit and credit cards (Mastercard, American Express, Visa, and Discover). Our clinic also accepts CareCredit, a financing option for procedures and treatments not typically covered by insurance, or when insurance does not cover the entire cost. We are happy to provide an application in our office or you can apply online at www.carecredit.com.

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Providing you with Optimal Care

At Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are proud to provide optimal care for patients in the Washington D.C. and Alexandria, VA area, and are dedicated to collaborating with your dentist to provide you with the customized treatment you deserve. In addition to having state-of-the-art equipment, we are also committed to creating a peaceful and relaxing environment, with amenities such as personal movie screens, neck pillows, and soft blankets available regardless of what procedure you are having performed.

To schedule your appointment for periodontal maintenance, contact us today. We look forward to helping you achieve and maintain a bright and healthy smile!

Washington DC

2311 M Street NW Suite 500
Washington D.C. 20037
(202) 296-3360

Alexandria VA

4660 Kenmore Avenue Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22304
(703) 823-2422