I had periodontal treatment in the past, but now my gums have the disease again and I am frustrated. This disease never goes?
It is very important to realize that after the completion of the periodontal therapy, a strict maintenance protocol should be followed. This means that you should visit your periodontist at regular intervals for professional cleaning and localized scaling and root planing. The frequency of the visits will be tailored to the individual needs of each person by the periodontist. Many people think that once they have their periodontal treatment finished, they never have to deal with periodontitis again, which is something completely incorrect. Other people, when they are told that they need to see a periodontist pretty much lifetime for maintenance, they back out. Before you do that yourself, you should remember that everybody should visit their dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning. So having to visit your periodontist three or maybe four times a year for something that feels a lot like a cleaning (maintenance visit) it is not such a big deal.
Moreover to maintain the result of the periodontal treatment, it is essential to follow a proper oral hygiene regimen, to quit or at least reduce smoking and in case you are diagnosed with a disease such as diabetes (that is known to cause periodontitis), to keep this disease under control.
If you follow all of the above, it is very unlikely to have a disease exacerbation. But even if it happens, your periodontist will most possibly be able to solve the problem with minor intervention.
Frequently Asked Questions- Periodontology
- What is periodontitis?
- What is gingivitis?
- How can I be sure I have periodontitis or gingivitis?
- My dentist feels that I should see a specialist because I have gum disease, but I feel nothing and my gums do not bleed. Is it possible that I still have periodontitis?
- What is the difference between a periodontist and a general dentist?
- What causes periodontitis?
- Is periodontitis contagious?
- I am a smoker and I won't quit. Will I still benefit from the treatment of periodontitis?
- My dentist always told me I have good teeth and now my teeth are falling. How can this happen?
- Can you have periodontitis treated?
- What is the treatment for periodontitis?
- What toothpaste and what mouthwash should I use if I have periodontitis?
- Will I be in pain during the periodontitis treatment?
- Will I be in pain after the periodontal treatment? Will I be able to eat normally?
- How long does the periodontal treatment last?
- What will happen if I don't have the periodontitis treated?
- I have periodontitis and I need treatment, but I also need some new fillings, crowns and root canal treatments. What should I have taken care of first?
- How can I prevent periodontitis?
- I had periodontal treatment in the past, but now my gums have the disease again and I am frustrated. This disease never goes?
- After the fulfilment of the periodontal treatment, will I still need to see the periodontist or will I be able to have dental cleanings with my dentist?