Periodontal maintenance therapy is specialized care to prevent the return of gum disease. Patients diagnosed with periodontal disease in Burlington, NC will begin with a scaling and root planing procedure to remove harmful toxins. The harmful bacteria that cause gum disease may return within three to four months after initial treatment. Accordingly, patients will need periodontal maintenance therapy cleanings every three to four months.
The removal of tartar and plaque below the gums is essential to preventing periodontal disease. If not, the plaque turns into hard calculus buildup, which releases harmful toxins. The harmful bacteria will expand under the gums.
Once calculus grows under the gums, patients may experience symptoms such as itching, redness, and swelling of gum tissue. As a result, periodontal maintenance is necessary to keep the gums and bone healthy and free of periodontitis. Otherwise, patients may experience bone loss, which can lead to tooth loss. Dr. Thomas Monahan provides high-quality dental implants in Burlington, NC.