Our periodontal prophylaxis is an in-office procedure performed by one of our highly skilled professionals to thoroughly clean the teeth above and below the gum line. Prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Prophylaxis is an effective procedure in keeping the oral cavity in proper health and halting the progression of periodontal disease. The benefits include:
- Plaque and calculus removal. Tartar (which is also referred to as calculus) and plaque buildup, both above and below the gumline, can result in serious periodontal infections. Unfortunately, even the best homecare routine of brushing and flossing leaves debris, bacteria and deposits that accumulate above and below the gum line. The experienced eye of a dentist or hygienist using specialized dental equipment is necessary to catch this potentially damaging buildup.
- A healthier looking smile. Stained and yellowed teeth can dramatically decrease the aesthetics of a smile. Prophylaxis is an effective treatment for whitening the teeth by removing those dark, unsightly stains.
- Fresher breath. Bad breath (or halitosis) is generally indicative of advancing periodontal disease. A combination of rotting food particles (possibly below the gum line and in between the teeth) is only part of the problem. The bacteria themselves emit an odor as they attack and destroy your healthy oral tissues with an overpowering infection. The decaying food and the destruction of your own human tissues results in bad breath. The routine removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria at our facility can noticeably improve halitosis and control the infection process.
Prophylaxis can be performed at our office or by your General Dentist. We often find it beneficial for the patient to alternate maintenance visits between your General Dentist and Dr. Adornato‘s office. It may be beneficial, at times, to have your periodontal prophylaxis completed by Dr. Adornato and her staff, who are more familiar with the full scope of your past periodontal disease. We recommend that adult prophylaxis be performed three times annually as a preventative measure, but should be completed at least every 3 months for advanced periodontitis sufferers. It should be noted that negative effects of periodontal disease cannot be completely reversed, but periodontal prophylaxis is one of the tools that Dr. Adornato can use to effectively halt its progression.