Periodontal disease is a serious dental condition that could lead to tooth loss, and the statistics show that millions of Americans are at risk. To prevent this from happening Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS recommends periodontal maintenance to our patients who have this condition and need to be monitored closely.
Once we have you on the road to recovery from periodontal disease, we urge you to take care of your oral health with good habits at home that include brushing twice daily, flossing at least once a day, and visiting us routinely.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Gum disease is the initial stage of what can become periodontal disease, an infection of the gums that hold your teeth in place snugly. Gum disease starts when bacteria in the mouth causes plaque – a yellowish residue – to stick to your teeth. As the disease progresses and if left untreated professionally, the plaque residue starts to grow under the gumline, eventually separating it from the root of the tooth.
This process leads to the growth of pockets where infections begin to grow and start to destroy the root of the tooth and the enamel. In most cases, periodontal disease is entirely preventable. Some patients may have other underlying conditions that make the infection more likely than in healthy individuals.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease or periodontitis, you will need what is known as a deep cleaning to remove the plaque deposits around your teeth. The only way to remove plaque effectively is when one of our trained hygienists takes care of it with special dental tools. You cannot remove plaque at home.
Periodontal maintenance starts with the initial treatment which is usually done in two or three visits. The first visit is an evaluation where we take a full set of x-rays and measure the depth of the pockets to determine how advanced the disease is, and we set a treatment plan. The next two visits involve getting a deep cleaning in which our hygienist will use special tools to remove plaque from the teeth’s surfaces and under the gumline. We usually clean either side of the mouth using a local anesthetic at each visit.
Patients who have periodontal disease and receive a deep cleaning, need to be monitored more often than every six months. In general, we like to see these patients every three to four months to ensure the initial deep cleaning was done correctly and evaluate whether the periodontitis is reversing with the treatment.
During your next visit, we will once again clean any plaque residue and pockets under the gumline. With proper oral hygiene habits that include brushing your teeth at least twice per day, flossing once a day, and keeping your dental appointments, many patients see a reversal of periodontal disease. We also highly recommend the use of a water flosser which can get to particles that not even regular flossing can. If you can invest in one, it can significantly improve your oral health.
For more information about periodontal maintenance, call Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS at (845) 429-8060 today.
Michael Bleyzer, DDS
14 Thiells Mt. Ivy Road
Pomona, NY 10970-3038
Right off of Exit 13 Palisades Parkway
Additional hours may be available by appointment
Serving entire Rockland County New York: Pomona, Suffern, Valley Cottage, New City, Congers, North Rockland Towns of Thiells, Stony Point, Garnerville, Haverstraw and West Haverstraw, and Tomkins Cove.