Periodontal maintenance consists of periodic removal of bacterial plaque and calculus from both above and beneath the gum line in patients who have undergone treatment for periodontal disease (either surgical or otherwise). Periodontal maintenance is not only performed on patients who have been diagnosed with and treated for periodontal disease but also for patients with potential risk of developing gums or periodontal problems.
We counsel you on an appropriate periodontal maintenance interval which varies according to the severity of your periodontal condition, and your ability to perform appropriate oral hygiene to manage the disease. We usually perform it on a three to four month interval so that removal of bacterial colonies can be completed before they become sizable and aggressive enough to cause more damage to the patient's periodontal tissues (gums and bone). Periodontitis is not curable, but is treatable and with active management, it may be controlled indefinitely. We actively manage periodontitis to avoid progression of the disease, and loss of the teeth.
Periodontal maintenance includes localized, non-surgical procedures necessary to keep the disease under control. We may also recommend locally applied antibiotics in conjunction with periodontal maintenance as the need may be.