Why is it necessary? Much like your car or your house, your teeth and gums require regular maintenance to keep them in good working order. Maintenance visits to your dentist and hygienist are complimentary to each other and if done on a regular basis can prevent expensive dental treatments in the future.
What happens during periodontal maintenance? Your hygienist will review medical history and x-rays, discuss any concerns in regards to your teeth and gum health, measure periodontal pockets depth & record any signs of inflammation present. Scale and polish your teeth, discuss and if necessary demonstrate optimal home care, determine recall for your next appointment.
Is it painful? In majority of cases no discomfort is reported by our patients. We take extreme care not to cause unnecessary discomfort and choose to use the best and least invasive tools for the job, however if required we are happy to provide pain management aids like topical gel, desensitizing agents or local anesthetic.
How often do I need to see a hygienist? Most people need to see a hygienist every 6 months. However if you have diabetes, smoke or been diagnosed with moderate to advanced gum disease, more frequent appointments are required to keep your gums and teeth in good condition.
Periodontal maintenance frequency will be determined by your dentist/hygienist team and reviewed on a yearly basis.