Periodontal and Implant Maintenance
The Proper Care
Our dental hygienists have over 40 years of combined experience professionally caring for our patients and those who transfer to our practice from other doctors or cities. Each is proficient in providing local anesthesia, scaling and root planing, applying fluoride anti-cavity varnish and helping with root sensitivity. We provide care for all age groups and pride ourselves in caring for many patients in their high 80's and 90's.
Successful periodontal and implant therapy is dependent upon periodic maintenance. Implant teeth must be cared for and checked regularly, just like your natural teeth. These appointments are customized for each patient. At these visits we update medical histories, review oral hygiene and discuss areas of concern. Bitewing radiographs are taken and a caries exam is performed. We encourage most patients to alternate maintenance visits with their family dentist.
Cleanings and Prevention
A preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions.
Preventing dental disease starts at home with good dental hygiene and a healthy diet. It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienists to promote, restore and maintain your oral health.
Prevention also includes regular dental exams, cleanings and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride are treatments that help protect the teeth. Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident and beautiful smile.
Bite Adjustments and Night Grinding Appliances
In the presence of advanced periodontal disease, teeth may become loose. Adjustment of selective areas on the teeth may take the pressure off of the individual affected tooth or teeth. If the mobility persists, it may be necessary to wear an appliance to take the pressure off the teeth during sleep. These appliances are also recommended for patients with extensive bridgework and for patients with dental implants. These treatments are individualized and are not recommended for every patient.