Periodontal Maintenance

Supportive Periodontal Care

After Dr. Clagett has completed the active phase of periodontal treatment, your periodontal disease will be under control. He will provide you with a personalized maintenance program of care to keep your gums healthy.
Maintenance therapy is an ongoing program designed to prevent disease in the gum tissues and bone supporting your teeth. Adherence to a program of conscientious home oral care and regularly scheduled maintenance therapy visits with your dentist and Dr. Clagett will give you an excellent chance of keeping your teeth for your lifetime.

Why is supportive periodontal care important?

As you have learned, you are susceptible to gum disease. And, you have probably learned, too, that the main cause of gum disease is bacterial plaque, a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. The bacteria in this plaque produce toxins, or poisons, which constantly attack your gums and teeth. Unless plaque is removed, it hardens into a rough, porous deposit called calculus, or tartar. Daily brushing and flossing will help to minimize the formation of calculus, but it won’t completely prevent it. No matter how careful you are in cleaning your teeth and gums, bacterial plaque can cause a recurrence of gum disease from two to four months after your last professional cleaning. Therefore, a dental professional must check for hidden problems and remove the hardened plaque at time intervals appropriate for you so that your teeth and gums stay healthy.

Who should perform supportive periodontal therapy?

The answer depends on you and the severity of your gum disease before treatment. Generally, the more severe your periodontal disease is initially, the more often Dr. Clagett needs to oversee your care. Together, you, your general dentist and Dr. Clagett will work out the most effective schedule for your supportive periodontal care.

Your maintenance/supportive periodontal care visit may include:

  • discussion of any changes in your health history
  • examination of your mouth tissues for abnormal changes
  • measurement of the depth of pockets around your teeth
  • assessment of your oral hygiene habits and provision of instruction
  • removal of bacterial plaque and tartar
  • x-ray film studies to evaluate your teeth and the bone supporting your teeth
  • examination of your teeth for decay and other dental problems
  • checkup on the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • application or prescription of medications to reduce tooth sensitivity or other problems you may have.

How often should you have supportive periodontal care visits?

Your periodontal condition is the deciding factor. The interval between your supportive periodontal care (spc) visits might be as often as every few weeks or as frequent as every six months. Everyone’s situation is different. The frequency of your supportive care visits will be influenced by:

  • the type of periodontal disease you have
  • the type of periodontal treatment you have
  • your response to treatment
  • your rate of plaque growth
  • your personal commitment to good oral care at home.

What is the relationship between your dentist and Dr. Clagett?

Your dentist and Dr. Clagett work together as a team to provide you with the best possible care. They combine their experience to formulate the best maintenance plan for you. They keep each other informed about your progress. Although Dr. Clagett may see you periodically for maintenance therapy, you will need to see your general dentist as well. Appointments for periodontal maintenance do not replace regular dental checkups. If Dr. Clagett detects tooth decay during a maintenance visit, he will refer you to your general dentist for treatment. Your general dentist is primarily responsible for your overall dental health, including such dental needs as filling new or recurrent cavities or making changes in fillings, crowns or bridges.

To prevent periodontal disease, the major cause of tooth loss in adults—and keep your natural teeth for your lifetime—carefully and conscientiously follow the guidelines of the maintenance program that Dr. Clagett recommends. Protecting your periodontal health through preventive maintenance has great benefits for you. You will be able to chew with more comfort, and you will be able to smile and speak with greater confidence. You will be able to keep dental costs down by preventing future problems. Your commitment to maintenance therapy is your commitment to your better oral health.

Clagett Periodontics and Implant Dentistry

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As always I was able to have an awesome check up and cleaning by one of the two most awesome dental groups I have had the opportunity to interact with. They always go above and beyond to see that your visit is as pleasant as possible.

- Ron M

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I was very impressed by my first visit. I went there seeking a second opinion on a periodontal procedure. I was nervous and skeptical but Dr. Clagett and his staff settled those fears. Everything was explained so that I could understand and I was quite relieved.

- Kenneth B

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My experience is always great, everyone that works on me always explains everything in which I can understand. The work they do is fantastic, I love the cleanings and I totally appreciate the double checking and the deep cleanings. Thank you for your service and your time for what you do. You're the greatest!

- Myra M

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Very professional and straight forward with what is needed and how they will attack the problem. The staff there are both friendly and genuinely great people! It is my Happy Place!

- Jeff G

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Got me in for a visit in a very short notice. Got me to do a teeth cleaning same day! Which I am very happy about. My regular dentist, it was months out and I was in need of a teeth cleaning ASAP. Very professional, very good deep teeth/gum cleaning.

- Audrey K

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I received the best care ever at Clagett Periodontics. The staff is very welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable

- Doris N

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Staff makes you feel part of the dental family upon entering the establishment. All are professional and friendly. Dentist and assistants are professional and courteous. they keep you informed during the checkup and what is taking place. You are at ease.

- Daniel G

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I have always hated going to a dentist until I came to see Dr. Clagett. I hated seeing my teeth. Brushing was painful. Now I don't have to worry about brushing anymore. My gums don't bleed, my teeth aren't loose and I'm not afraid to smile! Something I never thought would happen. I would highly recommend Dr. Clagett to everyone.

- Rebecca M

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Care given was very professional , fast, knowledgeable . Yes this was a great visit worth money and time!

- Nancy S

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I have never had to wait in the office over 5 minutes. They do not seem to overbook like some offices and make you wait. When you are taken back to the work area, they make sure you are comfortable and tell you what they will be doing that day and discuss concerns or questions you may have at that time. Dr. Clagett comes in and examines the work being done and discusses procedures in past, present and future that may or may not need to be done. Extremely wonderful Dr. and staff.

- Brenda S

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I was put at ease on the first visit and have been treated well on all visits since.

- Gary C

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I will recommend this dentist to anyone

- Charles a W

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I highly recommend this periodontics office. Dr. Clagett and his staff are very welcoming and friendly. Tiffany is great!!

- Rebecca P

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Staff was very helpful and friendly

- Gary D

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Dr. Claggett and his entire staff made my experience absolutely Amazing! Great professional care!

- David L

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They always explain everything thoroughly. My mouth feels so much better after I have them cleaned and I never have to wait. They always run on time.

- Velva C

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There is no one better than Tiffany when it comes teeth cleaning and general knowledge on teeth!

- Robert F

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Great and knowledgeable staff,very friendly,thank you

- Mahmoud mohamed A

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Extremely professional,friendly atmosphere

- Carol H

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Extremely friendly and professional staff. I would recommend dr. Clagett to everyone. Couldn't ask for more 🙂

- Amra A

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