Periodontal Maintenance in Hendersonville, Asheville & Brevard, NC
Patients who have been treated for periodontal disease are often placed on a therapeutic program called periodontal maintenance, which is used to help manage the health of their gums, teeth, and bone.
Dr. Glenn J. Shefter and Dr. Greg S. Fertik, periodontists in Asheville, NC, provide effective, comprehensive maintenance programs for numerous patients. These programs are especially designed to help patients with periodontal disease avoid new problems from developing and old ones from recurring, including loose or missing teeth and bone loss.
The importance of periodontal maintenance
Plaque is a sticky, soft substance carrying harmful bacteria that cling to the teeth and produce toxins, which can be very destructive to the bone that supports the teeth. When plaque, which is continuously developing, is not properly removed with regular flossing and brushing, minerals in the saliva will begin to solidify and turn plaque into tartar, or calculus. When this happens, periodontal disease can be a very serious problem.
Practicing good oral hygiene is critical to keeping teeth and gums at their healthiest, but many patients who have already had periodontal disease will require more attention to keep calculus under control. In some cases, people are genetically predisposed to developing gum disease, despite practicing excellent oral hygiene, and they too would greatly benefit from adhering to a good maintenance program to help prevent periodontal disease.
The periodontal maintenance program
When you visit with us for a routine maintenance cleaning, we will thoroughly examine your mouth to check the depths of your periodontal pockets as well as be on the lookout for signs of periodontal disease or other potential problems.
Every patient is different, and Dr. Shefter and Dr. Fertik will determine the number of visits you will need based on the following factors:
• Type of periodontal disease you have
• Type of treatment you have received
• Success and response to previous treatment
• The rate of plaque and tartar accumulation on your teeth
• How well you take care of your teeth and gums at home
For state of the art periodontal disease treatment and maintenance programs, come see Dr. Shefter and Dr. Fertik, leading periodontists in Asheville, NC! Call us today for your friendly, personalized consultation.