(928) 641-4000
919 12th Place Suite 7 Prescott, AZ 86305

Periodontal Care in Prescott

Periodontal maintenance is an important part of keeping the periodontal disease under control. This treatment prevents the gums from getting infected and helps prevent tartar, or bacteria from making the disease come back or get worse.

Give our office a call to schedule an appointment at (928) 641-4000.

Periodontal Care

It is more than just a 'Deep Cleaning'!

Periodontal maintenance is for patients with periodontal disease. This is a type of cleaning that is deeper and cleans underneath the gums to get at the plaque and tartar that is hiding in the space between the gums. This treatment can also be for patients who have had some sort of periodontal treatment before.

Components of Periodontal Maintenance

  1. Regular dental visits- This type of treatment involves hygiene visits every 3-4 months. The reason why they are more frequent is because that way, our team is able to check the progress of the gums and make sure they are meeting standards.
  2. Thorough cleaning- This type of cleaning goes underneath the gums to remove tartar and bacteria that are stuck between the teeth, which a normal cleaning would not be able to reach.
  3. Pocket depth measurement- The hygienist measures the depth of the gums to ensure that they are staying healthy.
  4. Evaluation and adjustment of dental care routine- The dentist and hygienist will make sure that your at-home routine is adequate for periodontal maintenance.

The Role of Periodontal Maintenance in Preventing Reoccurrence

  1. Monitoring gum health- Keeping your appointments every 3-4 months will allow the hygienist to check the gums and the health of your teeth, making sure that they meet standards.
  2. Long-term health benefits- Keeping the periodontal maintenance appointments will help keep the gum tissue healthy and prevent tooth and gum loss.

Common Myths

Myth: Regular brushing and flossing are enough.
Fact: Unfortunately, regular brushing and flossing are insufficient to keep this disease at bay. This requires specialized, more frequent care to maintain the periodontal disease.

Myth: Periodontal maintenance is the same as a regular cleaning.
Fact: No, the periodontal maintenance cleaning is not the same as a regular cleaning. This cleaning is more thorough, making sure to clean below the gums and in between each tooth, making sure that the tartar and bacteria are completely gone.

Myth: No other treatment is needed once the periodontal disease is treated.
Fact: This is a chronic condition. So this means that it requires that patients with this disease will need ongoing maintenance to make sure that the disease is under control.

Periodontal maintenance is an important part of treatment, making sure that the disease does not get worse. Getting this type of cleaning is the best type of maintenance for this type of condition.

Give our office a call to schedule an appointment with our amazing team at (928) 641-4000.

Frequently Asked Questions

Periodontal maintenance is for patients with periodontal disease. This is a type of cleaning that is deeper and cleans underneath the gums to get at the plaque and tartar that is hiding in the space between the gums. This treatment can also be for patients who have had some sort of periodontal treatment before.

Periodontal maintenance appointments are usually every 3-4 months. This will depend on the state of oral health.

When going into your periodontal maintenance cleaning, the hygienist will remove the build-up of tartar and bacteria that is stuck in between the teeth and gums.

A periodontal maintenance cleaning is specifically for patients who have periodontal gum disease. This is a cleaning that goes in between each tooth and deep cleans below the gums removing the build-up of tartar and bacteria. The regular cleaning is more preventative and cleans any visible tartar above the gumline.

Unfortunately, gum disease cannot be completely cured. There are many things that patients can do to maintain the disease, like attending periodontal maintenance cleanings every 3-4 months and brushing and flossing a minimum of twice a day.

If you miss a periodontal visit, there is more risk of the disease spreading or getting worse. The risks would include bone loss, tooth loss, or in more severe cases, heart disease and diabetes. When diagnosed with periodontal disease it’s important to attend every visit and be vigilant about taking care of your oral health.

It is possible that patients may experience discomfort during or after the cleaning. This feeling of discomfort should be temporary and deminish in a couple of hours. If you know that your gums and teeth are a little more sensitive, it’s important to communicate that with our team so we can make sure you are comfortable during your appointment.

Taking care of your teeth at home is an important part when combating periodontal disease. Make sure to brush and floss a minimum of twice daily and use mouthwash to care for your teeth.

This will depend on the insurance provider and the type of plan you have. Our insurance team will do our best to go over your benefits, but its best to talk with your insurance provider to go over the specific coverage of your plan.

Periodontal maintenance appointments prevent problems from returning. Unfortunately since there is no cure for this disease, it is usually a lifelong commitment. Making sure that you attend regular checkups is a crucial part in maintaining good oral health.

BOOKING HOURS

M CLOSED | Tu 9-4 | Wed 8-4 | Th 8-4 | Fr CLOSED

We are OPEN for ALL dental care procedures and emergency needs. Protecting the health and safety of our patients, families, and team members remains our number one priority.

In-house Discount Plan*

$119.95/yr/individual & $179.95/yr/family with discounts of 20%-30% off all services.

*Sign up in office, requires upfront payment to qualify for discounts.

$19.95 Exam and X-Rays^

For New Patients without insurance we offer a great rate on your first Exam & set of X-Rays.

^For New Patients that do not have dental insurance. New patients must be 18 or older to receive this discount. Discounts cannot be combined with other offers or dental discount plans. Additional fees may be included in individual cases.

$500 off Orthodontics^^

For New Patients without insurance we offer a great rate on your first Exam & set of X-Rays.

^^For new patients without dental insurance. Once per patient.

Horizon Dental of Prescott

Hours

M CLOSED | Tu 9-4 | Wed 8-4 | Th 8-4 | Fr CLOSED

Contact

919 12th Place Suite 7

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 641-4000

precott@horizondds.com

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