ABBOTT FAMILY DENTISTRY, LLC
If you are told that you need periodontal maintenance visits you have been told that you have or have had periodontal disease. Periodontal maintenance visits are meant to be done after scaling and root planing (deep cleanings) have already been done. Periodontal maintenance visits are usually every 3 months but can vary depending on the patients' needs. These types of cleanings are different and usually take longer that a prophy. A prophy is a preventive cleaning that primarily addresses the tooth above the gum and the root surface just slightly below the gum level. A periodontal maintenance visit goes as far below the bum as needed, scaling and root planing is redone if needed, and sometimes you need to get numb for the cleaning. It takes a long time for gum disease to heal and if you need to both follow your dentists advised on the periodontal maintenance frequency and on how to take care of your teeth at home or the infection might not respond as we hope to the scaling and root planing that was done. Failure to follow the recommended treatment advise and home care instructions can result in loss of teeth.
Click here for the ADA website on treating periodontal disease.