Procedures and protocols employed to clean and maintain the teeth and gums following a treatment of periodontal disease.
Periodontal Disease: Gain Control
Once you’ve been treated for periodontal disease, periodontal maintenance procedures or supportive periodontal therapy enables you to gain control of the disease and increase your chances of keeping your natural teeth.
In additional to a dental examination, a thorough periodontal evaluation is performed. Harmful bacterial plaque and calculus are then removed from above and below the gum line. If necessary, root planing may be used to smooth root surfaces that are infected. In addition, your periodontist or other dental professional will review your at-home oral hygiene routine and may suggest modifications tailored for your condition (periodontal disease).
Maintenance To Avoid Periodontal Disease
Following surgical or non-surgical periodontal therapy, an interval is established for periodic ongoing care.
Periodontal Maintenance is instituted following periodontal and implant therapy. It continues at varying intervals for the life of the dentition or its implant replacements. An interval of 3 months between appointments for patients with a history of periodontitis appears to be effective, but this can vary depending upon patient compliance, as well as the clinical judgment of the dentist.
Goals of Periodontal Maintenance
- To prevent or minimize recurrence of disease progression in patients who were previously treated for periodontitis, peri-implantitis, or some types of gingivitis
- To prevent or reduce the incidence of tooth or implant loss by monitoring the dentition and prosthetic replacements of natural teeth
- To increase the probability of locating and treating other conditions or diseases found within the oral cavity in a timely manner.