In order to prevent the progression of periodontal disease, or gum disease, Dr. Marc Levine may recommend a treatment plan that includes therapy for periodontal disease in
Nassau County and Manhattan, NY. Periodontal maintenance treatments are usually needed for patients who have been diagnosed with gum disease at some stage of life and have been treated for periodontal disease with scaling and root planing therapy or gum surgery. Maintenance visits can help to prevent dental problems such as bone and tooth loss in the future. Treating gum disease in the early stages can help ward off many oral health and overall health problems.
Here are some common questions about periodontal disease:
Why is Periodontal Maintenance Needed?
Gum disease occurs when there is excessive bacteria buildup in the mouth. The toxins produced by these bacteria can end up destroying the bone structure that supports the teeth. If the plaque is not removed properly, it can turn into tartar which only makes any periodontal problems worse. Even patients who are very diligent with their oral hygiene routine cannot completely prevent tartar formation on the teeth. Flossing and brushing frequently will keep tartar formation to a minimum but regular maintenance will be needed to get rid of any deposits that have accumulated on the teeth. During the maintenance cleaning process, your hygienist will evaluate and record the depths of your periodontal pockets and check for any existing periodontal problems.
How Often Will I Need Maintenance Treatments?
Dr. Levine will recommend the number of periodontal maintenance visits you need during your consultation. This number will be determined by the extent of gum disease, the types of periodontal treatments you have had in the past, how you have responded to previous treatments, and how quickly you tend to accumulate plaque or tartar. Being very diligent about your oral hygiene routine at home will also dictate the frequency of your maintenance visits.
There is no cure for periodontal disease, but we can manage your condition through a periodontal maintenance program. Set up your appointment with Dr. Levine for more information about gum disease in general and the treatment of periodontal disease in
Nassau County and Manhattan, NY.