In healthy situations, patients are highly recommended to visit a dentist or periodontist office every 6 months for their cleaning and check ups. This procedure is very similar to a normal cleaning.
PERIODONTAL MAINTENANCE PROCEDURE (PMP):
In our office you may hear some terms that are new to you, such as Periodontal Maintenance Procedures (PMP), instead of the term “cleaning” you have been used to hear. PMP, a procedure that is provided by our Periodontal Hygienist, is necessary to maintain your periodontal disease in an inactive state. These visits are often alternated with your general dental office. It is critical to long term treatment success that these visits occur at regular intervals recommended by Dr. Amjad Aldallal, generally every 3 months.
Below is a list of services that may be provided during this appointment:
- Update health history.
- Blood pressure check, if necessary.
- Ask for dental history changes.
- Home care update.
- Head and Neck exam.
- Periodontal exam, probing and charting of significant changes.
- Restorative exam.
- Periodontal scaling and spot root planning.
- Polishing of the teeth
- Vertical bite wings, if necessary
Periodic Comprehensive Exam (PCE)
This exam, done every 12 months, gives the doctor the opportunity to completely review your dental health. The exam includes an oral cancer screening, periodontal evaluation (gum & bone) consisting of probing; pocket depths, bone levels, recession, points of bleeding, mobility and a bite evaluation as well as decay detection. This service may coincide with a complete series of dental x-rays (eighteen films every 2-3 years), This service is provided to our patients in order to maintain optimal dental health at the highest standard of care available.