Periodontal Maintenance
Portland, OR

A woman smiling after receiving periodontal maintenance at Advanced Dental Arts NW in Portland, ORPeriodontal disease is caused by an accumulation of plaque and bacteria on your teeth that irritates your gum tissue. This irritation triggers an inflammatory response that causes your gums to swell. This early stage of periodontal disease is barely noticeable and can often be missed altogether. As the disease progresses, your gums begin to pull away from your teeth, creating pockets. Bacteria collect in these pockets, causing further irritation that leads to deeper pockets. These bacteria also begin attacking your periodontal ligaments and your jawbone, weakening these structures. Over time, your teeth begin to come loose and may even fall out. Treating periodontal disease is essential for restoring the health of your mouth and allowing your gums to heal. However, one treatment may not always be enough. Advanced Dental Arts NW can further help your gums to heal with periodontal maintenance.

What is Periodontal Maintenance?

Periodontal maintenance is a series of regularly scheduled dental visits that are often performed following initial treatment for periodontal disease. These visits are typically recommended following initial treatment for periodontal disease that did not yield effective results. The goal of these visits is to help stabilize your gums and your teeth, enabling your mouth to heal.

The frequency of your periodontal maintenance visits depends upon your specific situation. Some patients require visits every two months, while other patients can go six months between visits. During your visits, we first examine your mouth. We assess the buildup on your teeth and look over the condition of your gums. We measure your periodontal pockets to ensure that they are becoming shallower. We may also take X-rays, which will allow us to see the condition of the roots of your teeth and their supporting structures. After your teeth have been examined, we scrape them clean of any buildup that may have accumulated since your last visit.

Deep Cleaning with Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is a procedure that is often used to treat periodontal disease. This treatment is a deep cleaning of your teeth that involves scraping all surfaces of your teeth, both above and below the gum line. While noninvasive, it is often done under a local anesthetic, which can aid in making you more comfortable.

The procedure begins with scaling. Using a scaler, we scrape the visible surfaces of your teeth clean of all buildup, including the most stubborn tartar, or calcified plaque. We pay special attention to the areas around the gum line and just below it. Next, we move on to root planing. This is the smoothing of the surfaces of your tooth roots. When the surfaces are smooth, it is more difficult for new buildup to accumulate. Finally, an antibacterial rinse is administered below the gums to kill any lingering bacteria.

Benefits of Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal maintenance provides some benefits.
•  It helps to ease the irritation and inflammation of your gums.
•  It slows and stops, the progression of gum disease.
•  We remove all buildup, even the most stubborn tartar, from the surfaces of your teeth.
•  Your gums, and your mouth, can heal.

With periodontal maintenance, we can help your gums and your mouth to heal following periodontal disease. For more information, call Advanced Dental Arts NW today at (503) 446-2722.

Office Address:
1316 SW 13th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201


Phone: (503) 446-2722
Fax: (503) 224-5726

Monday–Thursday: 8 am to 5 pm

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