To prevent tooth loss, periodontal maintenance is a must. Coming to see us here at Classic Smiles is important to your overall oral and periodontal health.
To fully understand the importance of periodontal maintenance, you must comprehend the anatomy of your teeth. The visible part is the crown, covered by a calcium-phosphate based surface called enamel. The roots are the structural beams of the teeth and are covered with cementum, a slightly softer material.
Both the roots and the crowns provide mechanical defense for the inner part of the teeth. The next layer is dentin, also considered a hard tissue but more porous and flimsier than enamel and cementum. It enables nutrient transference through the tooth layers, from the pulp to the roots and crowns. In the very core of the teeth is the pulp, a very sensitive and blood-irrigated tissue that keeps our teeth alive. Pulp damage means a great deal of pain.
The Periodontal Ligaments and Their Importance for Dental Health
Strands of dense fibrous tissue called periodontal ligaments secure each tooth in their sockets, which are hole-like structures in our jawbone. Between the teeth and the bone stand the gum or gingiva, a mucosal tissue that seals and protects the bones from bacterial infection.
This is a complex and delicate environment where poor dental hygiene threatens the health of dental tissues. It can ultimately cause cavities, root problems or even tooth loss by deteriorating the gums, periodontal ligaments or the tooth itself. Most teeth related problems are not visible to the patient until it is too late since usually you only feel the pain when the problem is already advanced.
Periodontal Maintenance: A Lifetime Necessity
Periodontal related diseases start with dental plaque, which is a response to excess bacterial infections in the gum region. The plaque builds up and evolves to inflammation processes, which are an effort from our body to destroy bacteria. Along with the elimination of bacteria, the inflammation damages the surrounding tissues.
The lack of oral hygiene leads to plaque building up on the teeth and later spreading to the gums and below, where toothbrushes can’t reach. That is why flossing is crucial to keep bacteria from accumulating. If your gums bleed when you floss or brush, it is a sign of inflammation and poor dental hygiene. When inflammation occurs, the gum tissues start swelling and create a detached space between gum and teeth, thus enhancing plaque and bacterial build. This creates a vicious circle that might compromise dental health for life.
Damaged tissues might heal, but they will never go back to their original forms, and that is when periodontal maintenance plays a definitive role in dental care. Procedures like scaling and root planing, gum grafting, dental implants, and crown lengthening, among others, require lifetime care to avoid further problems. Periodontal maintenance is a serious business and simple preventive prophylaxis should never be substituted for it since periodontal maintenance is an active treatment for possible chronic disease.
Periodontal maintenance will save you a lot of money and problems in the long run, preventing serious diseases and complications. Trust our office with your periodontal Maintenance and we won’t let that happen. Call our office at Classic Smiles at (407) 378-0139 today and seek professional advice if you need to know more about periodontal maintenance.