Periodontal Maintenance in Chattanooga, TN

Thank you for entrusting the health of your gums and teeth to us.  Periodontal maintenance helps keep everything healthy after scaling and root planing have had to be done. 🙂 

 

Proudly serving East Brainerd and Chattanooga, TN, and surrounding areas!  We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about this procedure, but please also feel free to read below to go into more detail.

Overview

Periodontal Maintenance

Keep your smile clean and fresh!

  • Gentle Cleanings
  • Your teeth will feel much smoother!
  • Prevent Cavities
  • Smile With Confidence
  • Avoid Gum Disease
  • Detect problems in your mouth early!
  • Oral cancer screenings included!

The Process

If you do need treatment first, our approach to scaling and root planing at Shallowford Smiles focuses on your comfort and care. Each session, often starting with one side of the mouth, lasts about 2 hours, although we frequently complete the process sooner. We provide various anesthetic options to ensure a comfortable experience, including topical anesthetics, stronger solutions, nitrous oxide, and conscious sedation.

The second appointment, usually within 1 or 2 weeks of the first, follows a similar timeline and procedure. We also conduct a post-op check of the previously treated side and may perform additional cleaning as needed. Recovery is generally comparable to the first session.

Four to six weeks after completing the final side of your periodontal treatment, we invite you back to Shallowford Smiles for a re-evaluation. This visit allows us to assess your response to the treatment and determine if further interventions, such as surgery, additional scaling, or antibiotics, are necessary. Successful response to treatment will likely transition you into periodontal maintenance alongside your regular cleanings.

About three months after completing your scaling and root planing, you'll return for periodontal maintenance. This phase is crucial, as full recovery from periodontal disease typically takes at least a year. During the first year, at least two periodontal maintenance appointments are needed in addition to your regular cleanings. These sessions at Shallowford Smiles are more in-depth than standard cleanings and focus on refining the results of your periodontal treatment, revealing areas of improvement as your gums heal.

The final goal is to transition back to regular cleanings at Shallowford Smiles. On average, this takes about two years, though some patients may progress to this stage as early as one year and others have to stay for life, depending on home care and individual response to treatment.

See What Our Patients Have to Say:

Clinton Gipson
Clinton Gipson
May 6, 2023
Shallowford Smiles, and it's entire staff have taken tremendous care of me, my friends, and family for many, many years now. Great people, providing first rate services... I never hesitate to recommend these guys to anyone in need of the best kind of dental care.
Anita Houston
Anita Houston
May 4, 2023
They did a wonderful job and really mean that from the bottom of my heart friendly service with a smile 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰
Sheena Grove
Sheena Grove
May 4, 2023
So friendly and helpful.
Gloria Hickman
Gloria Hickman
May 3, 2023
LOVE DR. Wilkinson AND HIS ASSISTANT. VERY PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONABLE.
FRED Stewart
FRED Stewart
May 2, 2023
Always Courtious and efficient!
Jerry Toler
Jerry Toler
April 27, 2023
They are the best of what they do
Jenny Mcmahon
Jenny Mcmahon
April 20, 2023
Always thoughtful taking his time! Thank you!
Letricia Mayweather
Letricia Mayweather
April 19, 2023
The staff were really friendly and caring. The dentist was very professional and nice and comforting in my anxiety. Will recommend to other people!! Only problem is there payment options. There is none other than care credit
Steve Dohrn
Steve Dohrn
March 30, 2023
Friendly people. great service and reliable dental care.

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Pricing

INSURANCE

We are in Network with Delta Dental, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Metlife.  We do accept and file other insurances that are PPO based.  We are not in network with any HMO dental plans currently.  Please call or text us if you have any questions.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

We have a pay in full discount of 5%.

We also accept Care Credit, and Alphaeon Credit.

We also accept Cash, Check, and All Major Credit Cards.

 

Member Price List

Same Day Crown
$997

This is a custom, all porcelain crown.  This is Member Pricing and does not include additional procedures which may or may not be necessary.

3 Unit Bridge
$2,991

This is a custom 3 unit bridge.  This is Member Pricing, and does not include additional procedures which may or may not be necessary.

Build-Up
$247

This procedure is done to restore tooth structure lost to fracture or decay/cavities.  It is always associated with a crown or bridge.  Member Pricing listed.

Extraction and Bone Graft
$524-$744

Occasionally there is nothing that can be done to save a tooth.  We offer extraction and grafting to save the site for an implant or bridge.  This is Member Pricing for a range of extraction services, from simple extractions plus grafting, to surgical.  Grafting is done for all extractions.

Single Tooth Implant
$2,991

This includes placement of implant, implant abutment, and implant crown.  This is Member Pricing, and does not include extraction and graft if that is necessary.

3 Unit Implant Bridge
$6,979

This includes placement of 2 implants, 2 implant abutments, and a 3 unit implant bridge.  This is Member Pricing, and does not include extraction and graft if that is necessary.

Individual Implant
$1,397

This includes placement of 1 implant only.  This is Member Pricing and does not include any additional procedures, which may or may not be necessary.

Implant Abutment
$597

This includes placement of 1 implant abutment only.  This is Member Pricing and does not include any additional procedures, which may or may not be necessary.

Implant Crown
$997

This includes placement of 1 implant crown only.  This is often done in 1 visit with our onsite lab.  This is Member Pricing and does not include any additional procedures, which may or may not be necessary.

3-Unit Implant Bridge
$2,991

This includes placement of 1 3-Unit Implant Bridge only.  This is often done in 1 visit with our onsite lab.  This is Member Pricing and does not include any additional procedures, which may or may not be necessary.

Per Unit Implant Bridge
$997

This is per 1-unit of an Implant Bridge only, and is only listed for calculation purposes for patients.  Implant Bridges are often done in 1 visit with our onsite lab.  This is Member Pricing and does not include any additional procedures, which may or may not be necessary.

4 Implant Retained Denture
$10,261

This includes placement of 4 implants, an implant overdenture, and the 4 male and female components that attach the dentures and implants.  This is Member Pricing and does not include any additional procedures, which may or may not be necessary.

2 Implant Retained Denture(This is only available on the lower arch)
$5,479

This includes placement of 2 implants, an implant overdenture, and the 2 male and female components that attach the dentures and implants.  This is Member Pricing and does not include any additional procedures, which may or may not be necessary.  This is also available only for the lower arch.

Implant Retained Overdenture
$1,497

This only includes the implant overdenture and does not include the male and female components that will be necessary.  This is Member Pricing and does not include any additional procedures, which may or may not be necessary.

Male and Female Locator Attachments for Implant Retained Overdentures
$594

This includes only 1 male and female component that attach dentures and implants.  This is Member Pricing and does not include any additional procedures, which may or may not be necessary.  Individual components are $297

Periodic Oral Exam(At Hygiene Appointment for Returning Patients)
Free for Members*

This is the typical exam at your return hygiene appointment.  Free for Members.

Adult Dental Cleaning/Prophy
Free for Members*

This is a dental cleaning that most people know and have.  It is for people that have overall healthy teeth and is a cleaning procedure to prevent gum disease.  Free for members as described.

Child Dental Cleaning/Prophy
Free for Members*

This is a dental cleaning for children.  It is for children that have overall healthy teeth and is a cleaning procedure to prevent gum disease.  Free for members as described.

Comprehensive Dental Examination
Free for Members*

This procedure is for New Patients looking to become established at our office, or for current patients after 3-5 years.  Timing is based on health of the teeth and gums, with unhealthy conditions needing to be checked more frequently.  This is a comprehensive look at your teeth and gums, and is usually paired with a cleaning and full mouth series of x-rays.  Free for members as needed.

X-rays
$30(periapical)-$497(CBCT), typically free for Members

X-rays are a standard part of diagnosing dental disease, and checking to make sure structures are still healthy.  Members enjoy almost all diagnostic x-rays for free.

Fluoride Treatment
$36

Topical fluoride is a fluoride-containing drug that is used to prevent and treat . It's especially useful for children's 

Periodontal Maintenance
Free for Members with the Perio Maintenance Membership Plan*

Periodontal maintenance is for patients with periodontal disease. It may also be for those who had a periodontal procedure. This type of cleaning is deeper, targeting periodontal pockets. Gum maintenance removes tartar and plaque from the space between gums and teeth.  This is free for Members with the Perio Maintenance Membership Plan.

Scaling and Root Planing
$251/quadrant

Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning procedure that involves removing and tartar from the teeth and smoothing the roots. It's used to treat , which is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria.  Local Anesthesia is sometimes required.  This is Member Pricing per quadrant(there are 4 quadrants in the mouth) and does not include other procedures.

1-Surface White Filling-Anterior/Front Tooth
$145

This is a white filling that is on one surface of an anterior, or front tooth.  This is Member Pricing, and does not include other procedures.

2-Surface White Filling Anterior/Front Tooth
$176

This is a white filling that is on two surfaces of an anterior, or front tooth.  This is Member Pricing, and does not include other procedures.

3-Surface White Filling Anterior/Front Tooth
$210

This is a white filling that is on three surfaces of an anterior, or front tooth.  This is Member Pricing, and does not include other procedures.

4-Surface White Filling Anterior/Front Tooth
$264

This is a white filling that is on four surfaces of an anterior, or front tooth.  This is Member Pricing, and does not include other procedures.

1-Surface White Filling Posterior/Back Tooth
$155

This is a white filling that is on one surface of a posterior, or back tooth.  This is Member Pricing, and does not include other procedures.

2-Surface White Filling Posterior/Back Tooth
$197

This is a white filling that is on two surfaces of a posterior, or back tooth.  This is Member Pricing, and does not include other procedures.

3-Surface White Filling Posterior/Back Tooth
$239

This is a white filling that is on three surfaces of a posterior, or back tooth.  This is Member Pricing, and does not include other procedures.

4-Surface White Filling Posterior/Back Tooth
$291

This is a white filling that is on four surfaces of a posterior, or back tooth.  This is Member Pricing, and does not include other procedures.

Anterior Root Canals
$675

This procedure removes infected nerve tissue of an Anterior, or Front Tooth.  Bacteria is removed and a rubber like product is sealed in your root.  Teeth that have had a root canal need a filling, or, much more often, a crown.  Member Pricing is for the anterior root canal only.

Premolar Root Canal
$771

This procedure removes infected nerve tissue of a Premolar Tooth.  Bacteria is removed and a rubber like product is sealed in your root, or roots.  Teeth that have had a root canal need a filling, or, much more often, a crown.  Member Pricing is for the premolar root canal only.

Molar Root Canal
$939

This procedure removes infected nerve tissue of a Molar, or Back Tooth.  Bacteria is removed and a rubber like product is sealed in your root.  Teeth that have had a root canal need a filling, or, much more often, a crown.  Member Pricing is for the molar root canal only.

Full Arch Implant Restoration(Sometimes known as All-On-4)
$18,997 per arch, or $36,994 for both arches

This includes, implants, multi-unit abutments, and final prosthetic.  Your teeth are made with MultiLayered Zirconium and colored to your choice of shade and look for teeth.

Complete Denture Laboratory Reline per arch
$475

Complete Dentures occasionally need to be relined to readapt your denture to your gums.  This requires us taking your denture after we do a wash impression with it, sending it to the lab, and delivering your relined denture in the afternoon.  This is a very straightforward procedure.

FAQ

Skipping maintenance appointments can allow gum disease to progress, potentially leading to tooth loss, bone loss, and other serious oral health complications.  If that happens, it might become necessary to do Scaling and Root Planing again.

Good oral hygiene practices, including brushing twice a day and flossing daily, are essential. It’s also important to follow any specific care instructions provided by the team at Shallowford Smiles.

Periodontal maintenance is crucial for patients who have experienced gum disease. It helps to prevent the condition from progressing and reduces the likelihood of further dental issues such as tooth loss and bone deterioration.  You don't want to end up in a position that requires having to re-do Scaling and Root Planing.

 

Typically, periodontal maintenance is recommended every 3 to 4 months. However, the exact frequency can vary depending on the severity of your gum disease and your individual oral health needs.  The duration of this schedule might be for life, but if the mouth stabilizes, other schedules can be explored.

Unlike regular cleanings that are preventive, periodontal maintenance is a treatment for patients who have been diagnosed with gum disease. It involves more extensive cleaning below the gum line and other specific treatments to control the disease.  Essentially, periodontal disease creates problems that need to be addressed more due to the loss of bone and gum that was originally there to prevent these problems.

During your appointment at Shallowford Smiles, you can expect a thorough examination of your gum health, removal of plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line, root planing if necessary, and a review of your oral hygiene practices.

At Shallowford Smiles, we aim to make all treatments as comfortable as possible. Local anesthesia can be used to minimize discomfort during deep cleaning procedures.  We also offer Nitrous Oxide and Conscious Sedation.

Coverage for periodontal maintenance varies by insurance provider. We recommend checking with your insurance for specific details. Our staff at Shallowford Smiles in Chattanooga, TN, can assist you with any insurance-related queries.

While periodontal maintenance cannot cure gum disease, it is crucial in managing the condition, preventing its progression, and maintaining overall oral health.

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7613 Shallowford Road

Chattanooga, TN 37421