Periodontal Maintenance
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Have you previously had periodontal disease? With periodontal maintenance cleanings, our De Pere dentist can help ensure that your oral health stays on track and gum disease stays away. Periodontal disease affects roughly half of adults over 30. Fortunately, we can help patients combat periodontal disease.

To schedule your regular cleanings, contact our dental office in De Pere, WI, today by calling (920) 336-4201.

What Is Periodontal Maintenance?

Periodontal maintenance is a professional dental cleaning designed to remove the bacteria, plaque, and tartar buildup that can cause or worsen periodontal disease. It’s a necessary treatment for those who have already undergone periodontal therapy and have a history of gum disease.

Periodontal maintenance visits are typically scheduled every three to four months, depending on the patient’s condition and the recommendation of their dentist or periodontist.

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The Benefits of Periodontal Maintenance Cleanings

There are many benefits to regular periodontal maintenance, including:

  • Prevents periodontal disease from progressing: This type of dental cleaning helps remove bacteria and plaque buildup, preventing periodontal disease from worsening.
  • Prevents tooth loss: Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Regular periodontal cleaning appointments can help prevent this from happening.
  • Maintain gum health: Periodontal maintenance helps keep your teeth and gums healthy and can prevent other oral health problems, such as cavities and bad breath.
  • Help detect other health problems: Your dentist or periodontist may be able to detect other health problems during your periodontal cleaning appointments, such as diabetes or heart disease.

Who Needs Periodontal Maintenance?

Anyone who has had periodontal disease in the past and has undergone periodontal therapy is a candidate for periodontal maintenance. Additionally, you may also benefit from this type of dental cleaning if you:

  • Have a family history of gum disease
  • Smoke
  • Have diabetes
  • Are pregnant and may be at a higher risk for gum disease

To schedule an appointment with our De Pere dentist, contact our office at (920) 336-4201.

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Periodontal Maintenance Process

The periodontal maintenance process typically involves a thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums. Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Evaluation: Our dentist will evaluate your gum health and determine if further treatment is needed.
  2. Scaling and Root Planing: If necessary, our dental hygienist will perform scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning, which involves removing plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth and smoothing out the tooth roots to prevent bacteria from sticking to them.
  3. Polishing: After scaling and root planing, our dental hygienist will polish your teeth to remove any remaining stains or plaque.
  4. Oral Hygiene Education: Our dental hygienist will provide oral hygiene education and tips to help you maintain good oral health at home.
  5. Follow-up: Dr. Yenchecky will schedule your next appointment for periodontal maintenance, typically three to four months later.

The Cost of Periodontal Maintenance Cleanings

On average, periodontal maintenance appointments can cost between $150 and $300. The cost will vary depending on the location, the experience of the dentist or periodontist, and your insurance coverage.

In general, it’s more expensive than a regular dental cleaning, but most dental insurance plans cover all or a portion of the costs. Patients should check with their insurance provider to confirm coverage and out-of-pocket costs. Ask your dentist if they have any special discounts or provide financing options.

Here are some tips for saving money on periodontal maintenance cleanings:

  • Ask your dentist about their payment plans. Some dentists offer discounts for paying in full or for setting up a payment plan.
  • Look for a dental school or clinic in your area. Dental schools often offer discounted dental care under the supervision of experienced dentists.
  • Check with your insurance company to see if they offer any coverage for periodontal maintenance.
  • Compare prices between different dentists in your area.

How to Maintain Healthy Gums at Home

To help keep periodontal disease from recurring, our De Pere dentist, Dr. Yenchesky, has provided tips on how to maintain healthy gums at home:

  1. Brush and floss teeth regularly
  2. Use mouthwash
  3. Quit smoking
  4. Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  5. Stay hydrated
  6. Keep up with a routine dental cleaning schedule
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Protect Your Gums With Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal maintenance is a critical preventive treatment that can help patients manage and control the progression of periodontal disease. You should schedule a periodontal maintenance appointment if you have a history of gum disease or are at risk for developing gum disease. Our De Pere, WI, dentist is willing to help you get the dental care you need.

Contact us at (920) 336-4201 today to get your appointment scheduled.