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Periodontal Maintenance
Portland, OR


Image of a dental checkup at West End Dental in Portland, ORRegular dental checkups and cleanings are essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums, but periodontal maintenance is also critical for keeping your smile healthy. Periodontal maintenance is necessary to prevent periodontal disease, which can lead to serious oral health problems if left untreated.

There are two options to choose from when it comes to periodontal maintenance: scaling and root planing or deep cleaning.

Advantages of Periodontal Maintenance


Periodontal maintenance, commonly known as deep cleaning, is essential to maintaining oral health. Here are a few reasons why this treatment should be a regular part of your dental care routine.
•  Improved oral hygiene - by removing hardened plaque and tartar, periodontal maintenance can drastically improve one's ability to maintain good oral hygiene at home.
•  Reduced risk of gum disease - it can reverse the early stages of gum disease and prevent more severe issues in the future, reducing the likelihood of tooth loss and gum decay.
•  Enhanced healing following gum surgery - having a clean surface for gum tissue to attach to can aid in the healing process after gum surgery.
•  Improved comfort and function - smoothing rough spots on tooth roots can help improve comfort while chewing or speaking.
•  Enhanced aesthetic appearance – periodontal maintenance can enhance the overall appearance of one's smile. Overall, improving oral health and comfort.

We recommend our patients undergo periodontal maintenance at least once a year or as needed based on their needs. Keeping up with these procedures can result in a healthier mouth and a brighter smile.

What Should I Consider Before Periodontal Maintenance?


When considering periodontal maintenance, evaluating the overall health of your teeth and gums is essential. It is necessary for those who have already begun experiencing symptoms, such as bleeding or tender gums, and for patients with a history of gum disease.

Before deciding on periodontal maintenance, assessing your oral health and discussing any concerns with your dentist is essential. At West End Dental, we prioritize patient education and individualized treatment plans to ensure optimal dental health and comfort.

Our professionals, Dr. James Krippaehne and team, will be happy to discuss the benefits and potential risks of the procedure with you during your next appointment.

What to Expect During a Periodontal Maintenance Procedure



During the procedure, our trained dental professional, Dr. James Krippaehne, will remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from below the gum line. This also includes the smoothening of rough spots on the roots of the teeth, known as planing.

The procedure can be done in one or multiple visits, depending on the severity of the periodontal disease and the individual patient's needs.

While it may cause temporary discomfort in the treated areas, it can ultimately improve oral health and reduce the risk of severe complications like tooth loss.

Schedule Your Consultation With Us Today


At West End Dental, we take pride in offering the highest quality of care for our patients. Our skilled and experienced staff use state-of-the-art technology to ensure the most thorough cleaning possible. Schedule an appointment today at (503) 446-2957 to see how we can help keep your smile bright and healthy.
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