What is the difference between a regular cleaning and a periodontal maintenance?
A regular cleaning, or prophylaxis, is the removal of plaque,calculus(tartar), and stain for persons who do not have any bone loss, periodontal disease, or infection around their teeth. It is preventive in nature. In other words ,the mouth should be healthy with no gum or bone problems.
If you have periodontal disease, you may require scaling and root planing to remove diseased deposits from the root surface. An electric device, called an ultrasonic scaler, may be used to get down the full depth. Various types of anesthetic may be used if the teeth and gums are sensitive for your comfort and to facilitate thorough cleaning.
After the disease process is under control, a regular cleaning is not appropriate anymore.You will require special ongoing gum and bone care procedure, known as periodontal maintenance, to keep your mouth healthy.
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