Full Mouth Debridement
Scaling & root Planing
If you have periodontal disease which has resulted in bone loss,
gum “pockets” deeper than 4 millimeters, bleeding gums, exposed
root surfaces, or if you have had periodontal surgery or root planning
to treat periodontal surgery or root planning to treat periodontal
disease, a regular cleaning is not appropriate.
Periodontal Maintenance Scaling is needed to maintain gum and bone
health. This procedure includes removal of plaque and tartar from above
and below the gumline, all the way down the length of each tooth to
where the root, gum and bone meet. Rough areas of the roots are
smoothed if needed, pocket depths are carefully monitored, and inflamed pockets may be irrigated with antibacterial medicines if necessary. Periodontal
Maintenance is considered a basic service by your insurance carrier, and may be subject to a yearly deductible. PM is usually performed 3 to 4 times a year, depending on several factors: how quickly the plaque and tartar accumulate, how much bleeding or inflammation is present, how stable the present condition is, how well you are able to maintain your teeth at home on a daily basis, any health risk factors you may have.
We know that there is a relationship between chronic inflammation in the gums and overall health, especially heart disease and diabetes. Keeping the gums and the bone surrounding your teeth as healthy as possible is an important part of your regular dental visits or hygienist.
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