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Periodontal Maintenance

An example of periodontal maintenance at Encinitas Periodontics & Dental Implants in Encinitas, CA
According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 47.2% of Americans 30 years and older have some form of periodontal or gum disease.
Periodontal disease is the inflammation of gums that not just causes damage to the soft tissues of your mouth, but in the long run, destroys the structure supporting your teeth, leading to tooth loss.

At Encinitas Periodontics & Dental Implants, Dr. Bembey can help diagnose the health of your gums and determine whether you need to be treated for gum disease.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

When we eat sugary foods, a biofilm known as plaque forms on our teeth. This biofilm is a breeding ground for bacteria and, if left untreated, can harden into calculus. Calculus cannot be safely cleaned at home and can lead to inflammation of the gums.
The first stage of gum inflammation is known as gingivitis. During this stage, you will experience tender and swollen gums, which may bleed during brushing. Damage at this stage is reversible. However, if you do not get it treated quickly, it will progress to a more chronic and damaging stage of gum disease, known as periodontitis.
Symptoms of periodontitis include red and painful gums. Deep pockets form between the gums and the teeth, harboring bacteria, which will start attacking your tooth roots and the supporting bony structure. You may also experience a foul taste in your mouth or have bad breath.
If periodontitis is not treated at this stage, the damage to the gums and bones will become severe, until your teeth will start loosening and will eventually fall out.

What Does Periodontal Care Involve?

The only way to save your teeth is through periodontal maintenance.

Scaling and Root Planing

During this process, we will use an ultrasonic device to shake loose the larger pieces of calculus from your teeth. We will then use fine instruments called scalers to scrape off the stubborn plaque from your teeth. We will also remove the bacterial plaque from inside your gum pockets.
Once that is done, we will smooth the exposed tooth root so that the bacteria may not be able to find purchase on the tooth surface. We may also place antibacterial medication in your gum pocket and also prescribe antibiotics and an antimicrobial mouthwash to prevent re-infection.
If your pockets are more than 3 or 4 millimeters deep, we may have to perform a gum flap surgery to get access to the bacteria underneath your gums and remove it. We will then suture your gums closed.
Since periodontal disease results in the destruction of gums and bone, we may have to perform a gum graft or bone augmentation surgery to rebuild these tissues in severe cases.

Why is Periodontal Maintenance Important?

Periodontitis is a chronic disease and will re-emerge after two to four months if you do not get periodontal maintenance. Research shows that people who do not have periodontal maintenance at proper intervals are at risk of losing two to three times more teeth than people who follow regular periodontal maintenance appointments.
Therefore, to avoid bacteria from wreaking havoc to your gums and teeth, it is crucial that you keep your dental visits with us.

If you suspect you have gum disease, do not wait for it to get worse. Call us at 760-632-9055 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Bembey today.

This Doctor is a true healer!

I had a wonderful opportunity to see Dr. Bembey! She really knows her stuff! I felt like she had my best interests in mind and she took her time and listened with an open mind and an open heart. I have some really tough dental issues, and she completely understood everything that I was going through and was able to guide me in the right direction. So great full of for her kindness and compassion.
-Shanon E., June 2023

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Encinitas Periodontics & Dental Implants in Encinitas, CA
Encinitas Periodontics & Dental Implants
Dr. Bembey and Dr. Yokoyama
477 North El Camino Real #C-306
Encinitas, CA 92024

Phone: 760-632-9055
Fax: 760-943-0500

Monday: 8am - 5pm
Tuesday: 8am - 5pm
Wednesday: 8am - 5pm
Thursday: 8am - 5pm
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At Encinitas Periodontics & Dental Implants we can diagnose the health of your gums and determine whether you need to be treated for gum disease. Call today for a periodontal maintenance appointment.
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