Periodontal Maintenance

At the core of Malek Periodontics, we have a desire to maximize our patient’s health. Maintenance and supportive periodontal care provide both aftercare post-surgery, as well as preparation for upcoming procedures.

Intro to Periodontal Maintenance

After Dr. Malek has completed any treatments or surgeries, it’s important to set up a routine that will maintain your oral health. With this in mind, our office will work with you to maintain regular cleaning and maintenance procedures for your smile. We’ll help you set up the best schedule, coordinate care with your regular dentist, and track the effectiveness of your oral care at home. The best results of any periodontal work depend upon good aftercare. Our practice cares about your health after your procedures are complete.

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Periodontal Maintenance

Things to Expect

Why is supportive periodontal care important?

Without proper supportive care, your progress in eliminating and controlling problems can be lost. Even with daily, conscientious brushing and flossing, plaque and calculus will continue to build up and can kick off a new infection. Regular visits will allow our practice to find and treat any problems before they get worse.

Who should perform supportive periodontal therapy?

Each case is different, but more severe cases may indicate that you follow up with Dr. Malek. Her conservative approach to treatment will include consultation with you and your dentist to decide on the right course of supportive care.

Your maintenance/supportive periodontal care visit may include:

  • Discussion of any changes in your health history
  • Examination of your mouth tissues for abnormal changes
  • Measurement of the depth of pockets around your teeth
  • Assessment of your oral hygiene habits and provision of instruction
  • Removal of bacterial plaque and tartar
  • X-ray film studies to evaluate your teeth and the bone supporting your teeth
  • Examination of your teeth for decay and other dental problems
  • Check-up on the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Application or prescription of medications to reduce tooth sensitivity or other problems you are experiencing

How often should you have supportive periodontal services performed?

The severity of your original condition will help determine how often you should return for supportive services. In addition, your rate of plaque growth, your response to treatment, and how well your home oral health care program is going will help Dr. Malek decide on the length of time between visits. Generally, they will be scheduled every 3-6 months.

What is the relationship between your dentist and Dr. Malek?

Dr. Malek will continue to work closely with your regular dentist throughout your treatments. As a team, they’ll provide a complete range of dental and periodontal care. You’ll still continue to see your dentist for dental check-ups, while Dr. Malek will monitor your periodontal health. If she should spot the need for a filling during a visit, she will refer you to your dentist for this service. Likewise, your dentist will inform Dr. Malek if they should notice any problems that require her follow-up.

FAQ On Periodontal Maintenance

Do I need periodontal maintenance forever?

The goal of periodontal maintenance is to help you maintain a healthy mouth and retain your teeth as long as possible. Depending on the severity of your periodontal disease before any surgical procedures, you may wish to continue seeing Dr. Malek for follow-ups indefinitely. The final decision will fall between you, your regular dentist, and Dr. Malek on the best course of action, and on what schedule.

Does periodontal maintenance hurt?

As with all procedures performed in our office, we keep any possible discomfort to a minimum. Your visit may include x-rays, plaque removal, assessment of pocket depth and tooth sensitivity, and other checks to monitor your gum and mouth health.

How Can Dr. Malek Help With Your Periodontal Maintenance?

Contact Malek Periodontics today to schedule an appointment and be on your way to a healthy smile, healthy life.