Periodontal Maintenance

Supportive Periodontal Care

After Dr. Scrivo 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. Scrivo will give you an excellent chance of keeping your teeth for your lifetime.

For more information about Periodontal Care or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Scrivo, call our office in West Caldwell, NJ at West Caldwell Office Phone Number 973-226-0063.

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 we need to oversee your care. Together, you, your general dentist and Dr. Scrivo 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 your periodontist?

Your dentist and Dr. Scrivo 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 a periodontist 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 your doctor detects tooth decay during a maintenance visit, you will be referred 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.

For more information about Periodontal Maintenance or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Scrivo, call our office in West Caldwell, NJ at West Caldwell Office Phone Number 973-226-0063.

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. Scrivo 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.

Dr. Steven Scrivo

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Dr Scrivo is the very best! Can't find a nicer, more skillful, periodontist than him!

- Christine R

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I have been coming to Dr Scrivo for several years and appreciate his care and concern. As a diabetic with periodontal issues, I would not trust my care to any other Periodontist! I highly recommend Dr. Scrivo and his staff!

- Anne D

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Excellent service

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Best of care by doctor and staff and very professional

- Mary D

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They make the process so easy and quick.

- Lori G

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This is a well-run professional office; they are on schedule and always pleasant. I've been with them for at least 10 years for various services and wouldn't consider going anywhere else.

- Gail C

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Joanne is excellent and Dr. Scrivo is outstanding!

- Stacy M

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I have been under Dr Scrivo's care for over 10 years and give him, my hygienist, and the office manager my highest recommendation. Their care is thorough, concise, friendly, and totally effective. They showed me how to do more thorough home care, which allowed me to avoid gum surgery. This is priceless to me in my profession playing and teaching flute.

- Laura G

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Dr. Scrivo and his staff are friendly, knowledgeable and professional. My husband and I have been coming here for years. We are very satisfied with the staff and the professional treatment we receive here. Thank you Dr. Scrivo and staff, Angela D

- Angela D

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Dr. Scrivo and his staff are the best. They are very professional and thorough. I highly recommend him.

- Ed W

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Dr. Scrivo and his entire staff are the best. Gentle and caring.

- Barbara C

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Been a patient of Scrivo for many years . He has taking great care of my teeth, the staff are professional and well trained in what they do. I always Leave the office 100% satisfied.

- Juana A

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He has been my periodontist since 1991.

- Joyce E

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I’ve been coming here for years and have no reservation recommending Dr. Scrivo.

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Wouldn’t go to anyone else

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Would not go anywhere else. Have been with Dr Scrivo for many years

- Richard A

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Dr Scrivo and his personal is the best professionals, always very nice I would never go to another doctor. I’ve been a patient of Dr Scrivo 12 years

- Inna B

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Dr. Scrivo and his staff are all extremely gracious and carefully concerned with your care.

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Excellent. Professional ,caring, always followed up on procedures: Update on newest technology. Great Dentist️️

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Dr Scrivo is wonderful. Makes you feel at ease and explains everything. Highly recommended.

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