The success to any treatment starts with having a solid foundation; without the support of healthy gums, your teeth and overall dental health can become compromised. Gum disease may occur when plaque is not removed through proper brushing and flossing. By just brushing alone, you can fail to remove plaque and bacteria that is found deep between your teeth and gums. The plaque and tartar, if left untreated, may eventually cause irreparable damage to your jawbone and support structures, and could eventually lead to tooth loss.
The first step for treatment includes a thorough cleaning that may require scaling to remove plaque and tartar deposits. Dr. Raanan believes that if surgery can be prevented for his patient, it is the best option. However, if surgery is necessary he requires his patients to receive a deep cleaning in order to control the disease and allow the gum tissue to heal to yield an optimal environment for surgery. This procedure can be done in one appointment, or multiple appointments depending on the amount of tartar buildup. During this phase, Dr. Raanan emphasizes the importance of educating his patients on oral hygiene techniques that will help maintain the treatment results for years to come.
Achieving beautiful esthetics results is only half the battle; your teeth must be cared for and checked regularly to achieve the most successful and long-lasting results. Daily home cleaning helps control plaque and tartar formation, but those hard to reach areas will always need special attention. The time interval for these professional cleanings will be determined by your individual needs, usually 2 to 4 times a year. At these cleaning appointments, the pocket depths will be carefully checked to ensure that they are healthy.
Special attention and care should be given for your dental implant restorations. Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just as teeth can and are more susceptible to disease. Whether you have just one tooth replaced by an implant or several, professional cleanings will be necessary to keep your implants healthy.
Good oral hygiene practices and periodontal cleanings are essential in maintaining dental health and keeping periodontal disease under control!