If you have the beginning signs of gum disease or are recovering from it, your general dentist may recommend you get periodontal maintenance. It’s a lot scarier than it sounds! Periodontal maintenance is a lot like a general cleaning, but focuses more on the health of your gums. If you are in need of periodontal maintenance in Marin County, give Dr. Seda a call to schedule an appointment!
Periodontal Maintenance, depending on the state of your gums, can involve different things. There are two main elements of periodontal maintenance, prophylaxis and scaling and root planing. Below you can read a little more about these two types of periodontal maintenance.
Prophylaxis, the dentist’s lingo for a general cleaning and exam, is one of the first steps to periodontal maintenance. While your dental hygienist cleans your teeth, they may take a small mirror and pick to scrape away plaque and tartar along your gum line. It may not feel very comfortable, but this is an important step in getting a thorough dental cleaning. By clearing away the small amount of plaque around your gums, you can prevent more serious stages of gum disease.
Scaling and root planing is a more thorough dental cleaning. Instead of doing a basic scraping along the gum line. This treatment will go under the gum line and around the tooth root, depending on the severity of the gum disease. Your Marin County periodontist will use specialized tools to scrape away plaque, tartar, and other bacteria out of your gum pockets, and make sure your teeth and gums are as clean as possible.
Gum disease, when not treated quickly, can lead to bad consequences. If left alone, it can cause tooth loss, dental decay, and can even lead to heart disease and some cancers. Getting regular periodontal maintenance from a periodontist in Marin County can help prevent and reverse the signs of gum disease.
With regular care from your dentist and using good dental habits at home, your gum health can improve over time.
Like regular dental checkups, periodontal maintenance is necessary to prevent the advancing of gum disease. Dr. Seda has several years of experience working with patients with many types of dental needs, and he can accomodate for your individual needs.
From a thorough cleaning to more in-depth treatments, you can expect quality care that will have you looking and feeling great. If you are interested in what we can do for you or would like gum disease treatment in Mill Valley, Greenbrae, or Tiburon, give us a call today to learn more.
How often you would need periodontal maintenance in Marin County depends on you. It partly depends on the severity of your gum disease--the more severe your symptoms, the longer and more often you would need maintenance from your periodontist. If you are in the first stages of gum disease, like gingivitis, then you won’t need to come in as often.
Another factor is your overall dental health and lifestyle. Some people are more prone to cavities and plaque buildup. If you are at risk for gum disease and other dental problems, Dr. Seda may recommend you get periodontal maintenance more often. The same goes for your lifestyle--if you are a regular smoker, you would need periodontal maintenance more than someone that doesn’t smoke.
But, periodontal maintenance doesn’t just happen in our dental office! To avoid more costly problems like advanced gum disease and tooth loss, make sure you follow your dentist’s instructions. If your dentist asks you to stop smoking and floss more, we strongly recommend you take the advice!
As your Marin County periodontist, Dr. Seda wants you to have a long, happy life with few dental problems. Periodontal maintenance is one of his many tools to help improve and maintain your dental health, so you can avoid more serious and costly problems in the future. If you think you might have gum disease, or just want a deep cleaning, give Dr. Seda a call today! Serving Mill Valley, Tiburon, Greenbrae, San Rafael, and all of Marin County, Seda Perio can serve all your periodontal needs.
It's a rare treat to find someone who is at the top of their game, and enjoying being there at the same time. Michael Seda is one such doctor. Peter H.
If anyone deserves 5 stars it's Dc. Michael Seda. You have found your Periodontist.Ryan M.
Dr. Michael Seda is an amazing periodontist. I was extremely satisfied with his care. He is a master communicator.Michael J.
I can't rave enough about Dr. Seda. Everything about him and his staff is absolutely the best. If you are in need of a periodontist or implants, this is the ONLY office you should contact. Brian Q.