Periodontal Disease Requires Specialized Dental Care

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People who are among the estimated millions who have gum disease require care above and beyond general exams and basic cleanings. This is because gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an extremely aggressive condition that can rapidly cause problems related to the teeth, bones, and soft tissues of the mouth.

Regular periodontal maintenance appointments are typically arranged for those with gum disease. These appointments are scheduled every three to four months, rather than every six months. This allows your periodontist in Waco, TX, Dr. J. Scott Jones, to make sure any issues are addressed before they get bigger. With routine periodontal maintenance, you can avoid long-term problems related to gum disease, including gum recession, heightened tooth sensitivity, loose teeth, bone loss, and tooth loss.

If you are new to periodontal maintenance, we would be happy to explain your options. Just call our office in Waco at 254.776.6350.

What to Expect During a Typical Periodontal Maintenance Appointment

Each time you come to Dr. Jones for periodontal maintenance, our team will thoroughly evaluate your teeth and gums to make sure that your gum disease has not progressed. This type of examination does not require any kind of anesthetic. We may also recommend digital x-rays of your mouth if we suspect that there are hidden, or underlying, issues. The instruments we use for examination are some of the most advanced in the industry, and they allow us to get a comprehensive picture of what is happening to you from an oral standpoint. After your evaluation, you will undergo deep cleaning. Because deep cleaning occurs in the periodontal pockets that are formed between the gums and teeth, you may prefer to be numbed. However, many patients do not require an anesthetic. Your relaxation during this process is of great concern, and we always take strides to ensure that you feel good during the cleaning process. After the deep cleaning, you will be asked to schedule your next periodontal maintenance appointment.