Periodontist Vancouver WA | Periodontal Maintenance Therapy
Periodontal cleaning, also known as deep teeth cleaning or periodontal maintenance therapy, is an ongoing treatment for patients diagnosed with periodontal disease. A non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment carefully cleaned by an experienced hygienist. Periodontal maintenance is required to remove plaque and calculus above and below your gum line. Additionally, clean deep periodontal pockets and smooth the tooth to remove harmful toxins.
What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease. Often, gingivitis is the result of inadequate oral hygiene. When plaque is allowed to remain on teeth, bacteria within it begins to irritate your gums. As a result, your gums will become red, swollen, and can bleed easily. Additionally, sensitivity and tenderness of the gum tissue, and slight bleeding can occur. You may notice your toothbrush or floss having a slight pinkish tone to them after use.
Since gingivitis rarely causes pain, most patients do not even know when they have it. Eventually, the bacteria will work its way above your gum line. At this point, it is more critical than ever to contact your Vancouver, WA periodontist. Gingivitis is reversible with professional treatment and good oral home care. However, if left untreated Gingivitis will progress, and further complications can arise.
What is gum disease and are there different types?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissue and gum structure that hold your teeth in place. The gum tissue and bone structure are attacked by the bacteria, which weakens your tooth structure. Consequently, you are at risk for tooth loss. Before replacing a tooth that is lost, gum disease must be treated.
Without regular dental cleanings, harmful bacteria and hard deposits called calculus build up on your teeth above and below your gums. Additionally, the bacteria releases harmful toxins that can lead to gingivitis, causing inflamed and bleeding gums.
There are two types of gum disease:
What are Symptoms of Gum Disease?
Initially, symptoms of gum disease may not appear. Often, the symptoms of gum disease are silent, especially in the early stages, known as gingivitis. Typically, symptoms of gum disease will begin with inflammation of the gums.
Other symptoms that you may experience include:
Periodontitis is Severe Gum Disease
Periodontitis is the most severe form of gum disease. Previously, gingivitis existed in your mouth and was left untreated. Toxins produced by the bacteria in plaque grow below your gum line. With time, the bacteria will deteriorate your bone that holds your teeth.
Fortunately, periodontitis is a treatable condition. Similar to other forms of periodontal disease, your deep teeth cleanings will occur every three to four months. Also, your dentist will complete a comprehensive evaluation to ensure your overall health is not affected.
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