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When first finding periodontal disease, we treat it with scaling and root planing to remove plaque, tartar and bacteria from beneath your gum line. This treatment disrupts the growth of the bacteria. However, some bacteria can remain and settle back into the pocket where they reproduce. In fact, the number of bacteria doubles every time they reproduce, reaching destructive levels in as less than 90 days.
After completing initial periodontal treatment, your condition has been arrested, but not cured. Periodontal diseases are chronic diseases, much like diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which require constant monitoring to ensure that your disease remains inactive. Most treated periodontal patients require more frequent cleanings, approximately every three months, rather than traditional six-month cleanings, since they are more susceptible to periodontal disease.
During your periodontal maintenance visit, your periodontal status is closely monitored for changes. At times interceptive periodontal procedures are initiated to treat any sites or pockets that demonstrate significant signs of recurrent disease activity. In this way further bone loss can be prevented.
Our staff of dental hygienists will communicate with you and your dentist after each visit to share pertinent information regarding the stability of your periodontal condition. We firmly believe that preventive dentistry is the best dentistry.
Periodontal Disease and Other Health Risks
If periodontal disease is left untreated it may lead to more serious overall health risks. Researchers have linked periodontal disease to conditions such as:
- Heart disease
- Premature births
- Low birth weight
- Diabetics may struggle with controling their condition
With such serious health risks linked to periodontal disease, Advanced Oral Specialty Group's focus is to help locate, monitor and control periodontal disease. Please keep in mind that periodontal disease cannot be cured, only controlled. This is why it's vital to have routine check-ups with a periodontal specialist to observe the health of your gums every 3 to 4 months. If periodontal disease is not closely observed and controlled, the disease can quickly exacerbate, destroy bone and soft tissue, and ultimately cause tooth loss.
Periodontal Maintenance in Voorhees
Advanced Oral Specialty Group and it's trained professionals have extensive experience in the treatment and control of periodontal disease. Dr. Alan Meltzer DMD is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and a Fellow of the Academy of Osseointegration, where he serves on its Research and Education Committees. Dr. Meltzer and his team of dedicated staff work diligently to provide optimal oral health care combined with excellent customer service.
If you have noticed signs of periodontal disease such as:
- Bleeding gums
- Bright red gums
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
- Receeding gums
Please contact our office at (856) 772-9444, or request an appointment online to see periodontal disease and implant specialist Dr. Alan Meltzer DMD.