Periodontal (gum) maintenance or supportive therapy is an ongoing program focusing on the prevention and return of gum disease. The phases of this treatment allow Dr. Patla to assess your periodontal health, and make sure infection stays under control. During maintenance therapy, the mouth will be examined, new tartar and plaque will be removed, and if necessary, the teeth will be polished and the bite will be checked.
Scaling & Root Planning
Subgingival Scaling: Cleaning the tooth below the gumline
It is not easy to keep deep pockets surrounding the teeth clean and free of plaque just by brushing and flossing alone. The spaces under the gums may even be too deep for Dr. Patla to thoroughly clean. If that is the case, we may decide that surgery is needed to remove the deposits beneath the gum line. We will recontour the damaged bone, and position the gum tissue so that it is even with the bone level to reduce the pockets, and minimize the spaces under the gums where disease-causing bacteria can hide.