Periodontal maintenance is a term used to describe coming to see your periodontal therapist for a periodontal cleaning. Once it is determined that your bone and gums are at a healthy state, periodontal maintenance is always recommended. There are two types of patients who require periodontal maintenance.
1. Patients who have completed previous periodontal therapy (including scaling and root planning and possible surgical therapy to reduce their periodontal pockets)
2. Patients who accumulate plaque and calculus more rapidly than normal
Periodontal maintenance appointments are typically scheduled for one hour with a member of our periodontal therapist team. During the appointment, your teeth will be cleaned and measurements will be taken.
Digital x-rays may be recommended at certain maintenance appointments to evaluate your bone levels and ensure that your disease is remaining dormant.
It is up to you to schedule regular periodontal maintenance appointments. The frequency of these visits will be determined by your periodontist and dentist – who will work together on all your treatment needs.
For most patients with advanced disease, three month maintenance appointments are crucial to maintaining periodontal health.
Thus, you can see that working in partnership with your periodontal team there are several things YOU can do to help reach your goal of healthy gums for a lifetime.