Supportive Periodontal Care
After Dr. Abdeen has completed the active phase of periodontal treatment, your periodontal disease will be under control. Together with your general dentist, Dr. Abdeen will provide you with a personalized maintenance program of care to keep your periodontal tissue condition under good control.
Maintenance therapy is an ongoing protocol designed to maintain your periodontal tissue health. Adherence to a program of conscientious home oral care and regularly scheduled maintenance therapy visits with your dentist and Dr. Abdeen will give you an excellent chance of keeping your teeth for your lifetime.
Why is supportive periodontal care important?
As you are aware, you are susceptible to gum disease. The main cause of gum disease is bacterial plaque, a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. The bacteria in this plaque produce toxins, or poisons, which constantly attack your gums and teeth. Unless plaque is removed, it hardens into a rough, porous deposit called calculus, or tartar. Daily brushing and flossing will help to minimize the formation of calculus, but it won’t completely prevent it. No matter how careful you are in cleaning your teeth and gums, bacterial plaque can cause a recurrence of gum disease from two to four months after your last professional cleaning. Therefore, a dental professional must check for hidden problems and remove the hardened plaque at time intervals appropriate for you so that your teeth and gums stay healthy.
Who should perform supportive periodontal therapy?
The answer depends on you and the severity of your gum disease before treatment. Generally, the more severe your periodontal disease is initially, the more often Dr. Bader Abdeen needs to oversee your care. Together, you, your general dentist and Dr. Abdeen will work out the most effective schedule for your supportive periodontal care.
Your maintenance/supportive periodontal care visit may include:
- Updating and discussing your health history
- Examination of your mouth soft tissue
- Updating your periodontal chart
- Assessment of your oral hygiene habits and provision of instruction
- Removal of bacterial plaque and tartar
- Taking radiographs to evaluate your teeth and the bone supporting your teeth
- Examination of your teeth for decay and other dental problems
- Check your bite
- If needed application or prescription of medications to reduce tooth sensitivity or other problems you may have
How often should you have supportive periodontal care visits?
Your periodontal condition is the deciding factor. The interval between your supportive periodontal care (spc) visits might be as often as every few weeks or as frequent as every six months. Everyone’s situation is different. The frequency of your supportive care visits will be influenced by:
- the type of periodontal disease you have
- the type of periodontal treatment you have
- your response to treatment
- your rate of plaque growth
- your personal commitment to good oral care at home
What is the relationship between your dentist and Drs. Abdeen or Bachoura?
Your dentist and Drs. Abdeen or Bachoura work together as a team to provide you with the best possible care. They combine their experience to formulate the best maintenance plan for you. They keep each other informed about your progress. Although Dr. Abdeen may see you periodically for maintenance therapy, you will need to see your general dentist as well. Appointments for periodontal maintenance do not replace regular dental checkups. If Dr. Abdeen detects tooth decay during a maintenance visit, he will refer you to your general dentist for treatment. Your general dentist is primarily responsible for your overall dental health, including such dental needs as filling new or recurrent cavities or making changes in fillings, crowns or bridges.
Periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. To keep your periodontal tissue healthy and keep your natural teeth for your lifetime—carefully and conscientiously follow the guidelines of the maintenance program that Dr. Abdeen recommends. Protecting your periodontal health through preventive maintenance has great benefits for your teeth and overall health. You will be able to chew with more comfort, and you will be able to smile and speak with greater confidence. You will be able to keep dental costs down by preventing future problems. Your commitment to maintenance therapy is your commitment to your better oral health.
The perioscope is an advanced technology developed for the treatment of periodontal disease. The perioscope is an endoscope that has been specifically designed to explore and visualize the pocket (space) under the gum of teeth involved with periodontitis. An image on a computer monitor shows the diseased tooth’s root surface. The perioscope enables the clinician to see the contents of the periodontal pocket and to analyze the root surface of the tooth for disease-causing bacterial accumulations (plaque and calculus).
The perioscope guides the clinician during the process of cleaning the root surface free of plaque and calculus – the treatment for periodontitis. It also allows the clinician to identify other problems (cracks, perforations and other disease-causing flaws of the tooth root’s surface) that are located under the gum, and which previously required surgery to detect.