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Standard Prophylaxis or Periodontal Maintenance?

gum diseaseWhen you come to “Drs. Eric and Casey Burns” and see our hygienist’s, you are here for either a standard prophylaxis cleaning or for periodontal maintenance. Have you ever wondered what the difference between a prophylaxis cleaning and periodontal maintenance is? A patient that has a prophylaxis cleaning has polishing to help remove coronal plaque, calculus and stain that develop on teeth over time. This patient usually comes on a 6 month recall, has good homecare, healthy gingival tissue, does not bleed on gentle probing and has no pockets over 4mm. A patient who comes in for periodontal maintenance has completed some type of periodontal treatment such as scaling and root planing, which is a deep cleaning below the gumline to remove plaque and bacteria.  This patient usually comes in on a 3-4 month recall to help stabilize the progression of their periodontal disease.

It very important to understand your insurance coverage, as some most plans do cover these procedures differently. For example some plans may cover both prophylaxis and periodontal maintenance at 100% and is allowed 2 times per year. While others may cover 100% of the prophylaxes but only cover the periodontal maintenance at 50% – 80% and might allow it 4 times in one year. There are so many different plans out there so make sure you do your research to find the best plan that works for you.

If you ever have any questions regarding your insurance coverage or questions about any other services  please don’t hesitate to call our office or visit “Eric and Casey Burns DDS” /JG