Supportive Periodontal Therapy
What is Supportive Periodontal Therapy?Periodontal Disease is similar to other chronic diseases, such as Diabetes. The key to control is early diagnosis and treatment, followed by prompt ongoing treatment. This entails supportive periodontal therapy (SPT). SPT will help in gaining control of the disease and increase your chances of keeping your teeth.
If not cleaned out every 3-4 months, this periodontal bacteria can grow to a point where bone loss starts to occur again. This is why 3-4 month periodontal cleanings are very important.
Supportive Periodontal Therapy Visit
Your SPT visit will include:
- An update of your medical & dental history
- A periodontal examination & measurement of your periodontal pockets
- An oral cancer screening
- Tooth root cleaning & polishing
- Oral hygiene instructions
We work together with your general dentist as a team to provide you with the best possible care. Many times periodontal cleanings will be alternated between our office and your general dentist. During the cleaning at your general dentist’s office, they will concentrate on what is happening with your teeth above the gum line. When you see our office, we will concentrate mostly on what is happening below the gums.
On-going SPT treatments in our office and dental visits and cleanings with your dentist will ensure your optimum oral health and highest possible care.
To prevent re-infection and avoid more periodontal treatment, it is quite important that you follow the supportive periodontal therapy set out by Dr. Havrilla and your general dentist.