6729 Lake Rd,
Windsor, WI 53598

Periodontal Maintenance

Windsor Family Periodontics

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a manageable but chronic infection of tissues that requires a consistent, life-long treatment plan. This disease is present below the gumline and causes the attachment between the tooth and its supporting tissues to break down. In addition to gum damage, periodontal disease also exacerbates heart disease, stroke, and diabetes due to the presence of inflammation. Also, It's contagious!

Our team is dedicated to providing Southcentral Wisconsin patients with kind and compassionate care. We can offer effective treatments for periodontal disease. If you're in Madison, DeForest, Sun Prairie, or the surrounding areas and you need assistance in your pathway to periodontal health, contact the specialists at Windsor Family Dental.

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Warning signs of gum disease

Do you suspect you or a loved one has periodontal disease? Common symptoms to look out for include:

  • Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth. Periodontal disease is active below the gumline, which makes it impossible to reach with a toothbrush.
  • Red and inflamed gums that bleed easily. 
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth (recession). It can be caused by clenching your teeth or brushing too hard.
  • Permanent (adult) teeth are loose, separating or flaring. This is a sign of attachment loss.
  • Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite or changes in the fit of a partial denture.

What causes periodontal disease?

Typically, gum disease is caused by poor oral health habits such as lack of regular brushing and flossing. This allows for heavy build up of bacteria on the teeth. Without preventative treatments, teeth will gradually become loose due to loss of attachment to gums and bone and teeth can be lost. Because periodontal disease is usually painless, people often do not realize the problem until it has reached an advanced stage.

Why is periodontal maintenance important?

If left untreated, periodontal pockets can lead to tooth loss. Plaque is a sticky film that forms on your teeth throughout your day and as you sleep. It’s made up of several strains of bacteria plus a sticky coating. The bacteria in plaque feed on carbs and sugars, producing acid as they metabolize the sugars. Prolonged irritation causes the gums to separate from the teeth, causing a periodontal pocket to form. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone holding your teeth in place will deteriorate. 

How often do I need periodontal maintenance?

Bacteria have a 90-day life cycle, so it is important to disrupt the cycle with periodontal maintenance. Periodontal patients should schedule periodontal cleaning appointments every three months for life to maintain their oral health.

Do I need periodontal maintenance forever?

Periodontal disease is chronic and not curable but very controllable if properly maintained. Without adequate home care and maintenance, the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease will always return and your health could potentially deteriorate.

How to take good care of your teeth

  • Brushing for at least two minutes twice a day, and flossing at least once per day.
  • Invest in a water flosser. Studies have shown that water flossers, when used as an adjunct to traditional flossing are more effective.
  • Use an electric toothbrush instead of a manual toothbrush.

What causes gum disease?

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Clenching/grinding
  • Medication
  • Poor nutrition

Windsor Dental offers Periodontal services

Periodontitis is a type of periodontal disease involving infection of the gums, gradually destroying the support of your natural teeth. Periodontal maintenance is a specialized type of cleaning performed to address the needs of patients with previous cases of periodontitis. We offer:

  • Full mouth debridement - a nonsurgical procedure that removes extensive plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth and under the gums. Polishing or additional treatments may be recommended after.
  • Scaling and Root Planing - a deep cleaning procedure that typically takes more than one dental visit and could require a local anesthetic. The dentist scales above and below the gum line to scrape away plaque and tartar and smooths out the rough root surfaces to help your gums reattach to your teeth.
  • Antimicrobial Medicaments - medications applied to treat patients with adult periodontitis (gum disease). Unlike oral antibiotics for gum infection, ARESTIN® is locally applied, delivering the antibiotic right where you need it, at the site of the gum infection.

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Christa P.

Dr. Endicott and his team are wonderful! They go above and beyond to care for their patients with clear explanations and expertise, all while being thoughtful, professional, and personable. I can't imagine a more positive dental experience, no matter how complicated the issue. Thank you Dr. Endicott, Dana, Kristen, Kristi, Sue.

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I’ve been going to Windsor Family Dental since i was a kid. I have never had a bad experience there. They always make me feel so welcomed and like i’m a part of their family :) Every person that works there is so kind, patient, and understanding. I never dread going to the dentist, i actually look forward to it! The days i go to Windsor Family Dental are seriously the best days of the year! I am so thankful for them and all of the great experiences i’ve had there.

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Been here a year and they've been nothing less than exceptional every time. Schedule changes, care, conversation. Feel like I've known them my whole life every time kids or I go.

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Adult (14 years & older)

$35/mo Save $422

Includes

2 Cleanings

2 Regular Exams

2 Fluoride Treatments

Routine X-rays

1 Emergency Visit (includes exam & x-ray)

Child (13 years & under)

$30/moSave $398

Includes

2 Cleanings

2 Regular Exams

2 Fluoride Treatments

Routine X-rays

1 Emergency Visit (includes exam & x-ray)

Perio - 3x per year

$60/moSave $663

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3 Periodontal Maintenance Cleanings

2 Regular Exams

2 Fluoride Treatments

Routine X-rays

1 Emergency Visit (includes exam & x-ray)

Perio - 4x per year

$77/moSave $689

Includes

4 Periodontal Maintenance Cleanings

2 Regular Exams

2 Fluoride Treatments

Routine X-rays

1 Emergency Visit (includes exam & x-ray)

One-time enrollment fee of $99 for existing patients, new patients $149. Enrollment fee waived under annual membership option.

THIS IS NOT DENTAL INSURANCE. Cannot be combined with other insurance or discount plans. Membership plan is specific to one person and cannot be transferred. Covered services not used within the specified time period will not be carried over or transferred. Services will be provided at this location only. Membership plan will auto-renew each year on the renewal date. If a patient presents with periodontal infection, a personalized treatment plan will be presented at an additional cost. The perio plan is strictly for preventive maintenance care.