Initial and Active Periodontal Therapy

 


 

Initial and Active Periodontal Therapy

When PCT, or a basic general cleaning are not possible due to the conditions already present in your mouth, we must look into a slightly more aggressive form of dental cleaning.

This may sound scary, but truly it is not. The tooth is supported by bone, which in turn supports your gums as well. Over time, and by multiple factors, the bony support can be lost, causing deeper pockets to develop. Pockets of 2mm and less are easily cared for with home maintenance such as toothbrushing. When pockets reach 3mm, we can typically clean them with proper technique of flossing. Other adjuncts such as Waterpik therapy at home can also help your teeth and gums stay healthy.

But what happens when you are looking at 4mm or deeper pockets? Studies show that the amount of plaque and calculus removed from a 4-6mm deep pocket is only 43% with the best techniques. A 7mm or greater pocket will only have 32% of the calculus deposit removed. What we know is that any prevention of a deep pocket is the best way to clean it. We focus on an early approach along with proper education about your disease process so you can make an informed decision.

Dental Review

“From the phone call to get in (mine was an urgent visit) The staff-receptionist was amazing, next was the dental technician , she also was amazing, to the dentist himself., again Amazing. I am so fortunate to have an amazing dental team !! Thank you all.”  – Judith H. Minot, ND

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