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Tampa Bay Periodontics and Implant Dentistry
James G. Wilson, DMD
Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology

Maintenance

What is Maintenance Therapy?

Once your periodontal treatment is completed it is very important that you maintain regular professional cleanings. Dental research states that a 3 month recall may be required. This is necessary because it takes approximately 3 months for the bacteria to re-grow and start to cause destruction of gingival tissue and bone loss. Our staff will help you with instructions on good oral hygiene at home which will keep periodontal disease from reoccurring or becoming more serious. A few minutes a day is enough to care for your teeth and gums. You do not have to lose teeth to periodontal disease if you brush, floss, eat a balanced diet, stay active and schedule regular dental visits. As time passes, the frequency of your recall may be adjusted, if your home case and the stability of your case will allow adjusting the recall schedule.

Who Should Perform Maintenance Therapy?

The answer depends on the patient and the severity of the disease prior to treatment. Generally, the more severe the initial problem, the more the periodontist needs to oversee the case. The responsibility for periodontal maintenance will generally be worked out between the patient, the general dentist and the periodontist.

How Often Should Maintenance Therapy Be Performed?

This decision is based on a number of factors. The interval between maintenance visits varies from every few weeks to every six months. The frequency of maintenance visits is influenced by: the severity of the disease, the treatment required to get control of the disease, the patient response to treatment and the rate of plaque growth. The frequency of maintenance visits is significantly influenced by the patient commitment to good oral care at home.

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