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What is Periodontal Maintenance?

Periodontal maintenance includes those procedures patients must receive after treatment for periodontal disease. This maintenance, which helps prevent further disease, consist of the following:
•  Removal of bacterial flora from crevice and pocket areas
•  Polishing and scaling of teeth
•  Gum irrigation
•  Radiographic assessment
•  Gum and bone examination
•  Review of a patient's plaque control efficacy
•  Root planing

How Does It Differ From Regular Cleanings?

Regular dental cleanings include scaling and polishing of the tooth crown - that part of the tooth above the gums. The aim of this cleaning is removal of plaque and tarter. Plaque is a soft and sticky substance that forms on the teeth. Tarter, also called calculus is a hard cement-like substance formed of plaque and the minerals in a person's saliva.

This type of hygiene by itself is insufficient for patients who have undergone treatment for periodontal disease, including those with bone loss and infection around the teeth. The American Dental Association says the goal of periodontal maintenance is to minimize progression of the periodontitis and gingivitis, reduce loss of teeth, and increase chances of locating and treating future pathology.

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?

We recommend bringing your child in between the ages of 3 and 4. At that first appointment your child will get to take a ride in the dental chair and the dentist will do a visual exam while counting all the teeth!

What is a PPO dentist? Why aren't you listed?

A PPO (participating provider organization) dentist is a dentist who has agreed to a contract determined by a dental benefit organization (insurance). The contract fee schedule plan requires our dentist to agree to the terms and restrictions of an insurance company. This means that the insurance company decides your care, not you and your dentist. There can be designated treatment, waiting periods and limitations. A non-participating dentist does not have a contractual agreement with a dental benefits organization. Insurance companies can alter a contract (when eligible) with a PPO dentist, leaving the dentist with less benefits and the insurance company with more. Due to the state of the economy, dental insurance companies find ways to reduce costs in which decrease patient benefits.

Our philosophy is that an insurance company should not dictate your care. Our dentist is conservative in their treatment recommendations. We don't recommend unnecessary treatment because your insurance will pay for it. We also don't believe in not treating a dental issue because insurance won't pay for it.

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To learn more about our services call 541-757-0082, and schedule an appointment now!
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