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Periodontal Maintenance: Code D4910

This procedure is instituted following periodontal therapy and continues at varying intervals, determined by the clinical evaluation of the dentist, for the life of the dentition or any implant replacements. It includes removal of the bacterial plaque and calculus from supragingival and subgingival regions, site specific scaling and root planing where indicated, and polishing the teeth. If new or recurring periodontal disease appears, additional diagnostic and treatment procedures must be considered.


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Here’s a FAQ on periodontal maintenance:

What is periodontal maintenance?

Periodontal maintenance refers to a specialized and ongoing dental care program designed for individuals who have been treated for gum disease (periodontitis). It aims to prevent the recurrence of gum disease and maintain optimal oral health.

Why is periodontal maintenance necessary?

Periodontal maintenance is crucial because gum disease can recur even after initial treatment. Regular maintenance helps prevent the progression of the disease, controls inflammation, and preserves the health of the gums and supporting structures.

 How often should periodontal maintenance appointments be scheduled?

The frequency of periodontal maintenance appointments can vary based on individual needs. It’s commonly recommended every three to four months, but your dentist or periodontist will determine the appropriate interval based on your specific condition.

What does a typical periodontal maintenance appointment involve?

A periodontal maintenance appointment usually includes a thorough examination of the gums, teeth, and supporting structures. Professional dental cleaning, scaling, and root planing may be performed to remove plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline.

Can periodontal maintenance be performed by a general dentist?

Yes, both general dentists and periodontists can provide periodontal maintenance. The choice may depend on the severity of the gum disease and the preferences of the patient.

How does periodontal maintenance differ from a regular dental cleaning?

Periodontal maintenance is more extensive than a routine dental cleaning. It includes additional steps to address gum disease, such as scaling and root planing, which focus on removing plaque and tartar from below the gumline.

Can periodontal maintenance prevent the need for further periodontal treatments?

While periodontal maintenance is effective in managing gum disease, its primary goal is to prevent further progression and maintain oral health. In some cases, additional treatments may be necessary, and the dentist will determine the appropriate course of action.

Is periodontal maintenance covered by dental insurance?

Many dental insurance plans cover periodontal maintenance, but coverage may vary. It’s advisable to check with your insurance provider to understand the extent of coverage for these appointments.

What can individuals do at home to support periodontal maintenance?

In addition to professional maintenance, individuals should follow a consistent oral hygiene routine at home, including regular brushing, flossing, and the use of any prescribed oral care products. Quitting smoking and maintaining a healthy lifestyle also contribute to gum health.

Can individuals with periodontal disease maintain their natural teeth through proper maintenance?

Yes, with proper periodontal maintenance and good oral hygiene practices, individuals with gum disease can often retain their natural teeth. Regular professional care helps manage the condition and prevent further deterioration.

Always consult with your dentist or periodontist for personalized advice and recommendations based on your specific oral health needs.