Periodontal disease maintenance for maintaining a healthy smile

An infection that starts in the gum tissues is periodontal disease and can spread if not treated. Also known as gum disease, this gum infection can significantly damage the smile in many different ways. First and foremost, patients will notice redness, swelling, and bleeding when brushing and flossing. Then the condition causes shrinking gum tissue, loss of natural jawbone, and even loss of adult teeth. With a definitive diagnosis and proper perio maintenance, patients who have developed this condition can bring their smiles back to health. The Natalie K. Provenzano DDS, Inc team is here to assist!

What is periodontal maintenance?

Patients diagnosed with periodontal disease will find that the condition, if left untreated, can be damaging to the smile as a whole. Once the condition has developed, the infection can only be controlled, not cured. That means that patients will need deep cleanings, sometimes referred to as scaling and root planing, which specifically cleans all the teeth and gums below the gumline where the bacteria live in a way that restores the health of the gums. It is sometimes combined with antibiotic treatment to address the infection. Regular perio maintenance cleanings as well as general cleanings after the initial deep cleaning will maintain the benefits of the deep cleaning.

Do I need periodontal maintenance?

Oral hygiene habits are so important to maintain a healthy smile. Without brushing, flossing, and routine visits with the dentist, patients are putting their smiles at risk. When patients are diagnosed with periodontal disease, they must work with their dentist to address the infection and maintain the tissues, bone, and teeth. If you need periodontal maintenance, your dentist will educate you on how to proceed. Gum infections should be treated without delay. Patients interested in information for preventing gum disease need to consult with our professionals to find a solution for their needs.

Are you in need of periodontal disease maintenance?

If you are dealing with gum infection and need perio maintenance cleanings or antibiotic treatments, call Drs. Provenzano and Simel of San Jose, CA. Located at 6020 Hellyer Avenue, Ste. #100, you can reach our front office team by calling (408) 226-2542.

Frequently asked questions

What is periodontal maintenance, and why is it important?

Periodontal disease is an infection that begins in the gum tissues and can spread if not addressed. Once the condition has formed, it can only be managed, not cured. This means that patients will require an initial deep cleaning, followed by regular maintenance cleanings.

How does someone know if they need periodontal maintenance?

Periodontitis symptoms include redness, swelling, and bleeding during brushing and flossing, as well as swollen or puffy gums and dark red or dark purple gums.

What happens during a periodontal maintenance appointment?

Patients initially complete a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, which cleans all of the teeth and gums below the gum line, where germs live, to restore the health of the gums. Afterward, patients have regular maintenance cleanings every 3-4 months to maintain health, as recommended by the dentist.

What are the risks of not having regular periodontal maintenance appointments?

Increased risk of gum disease, tooth loss, loss of natural jawbone, and other oral health problems, as well as potential impacts on overall health.

Is periodontal maintenance painful?

Because of sophisticated therapy choices, most patients report little to no pain or discomfort during treatment.

Dr. Natalie Provenzano

Dr. Natalie Provenzano

Dr. Simel

Dr. Or Simel

Dr. Natalie Provenzano is a renowned dentist in San Jose, California. With associate, Oral Surgeon Dr. Or Simel, they provide exceptional general, cosmetic, and restorative dental services to patients of all ages.

Dr. Provenzano has been practicing dentistry since 2002 when she graduated from the University of Southern California Dental School in the class’ top 10. She served on the school’s ethics committee and was a member of the Oral Sedation Team and the National Dental Honor Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon. After graduating, Dr. Provenzano was the recipient of the American Association of Women Dentist’s “Female Dentist of the Year” Award.

Also a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology, Dr. Provenzano was an active member of Ignatians Service Organization and Delta Gamma Fraternity, with the distinction of being chosen for Order of Omega and Delta Sigma Nu Honor Societies.