What is periodontal maintenance? Maintenance is characterized by a comprehensive periodontal examination and cleanings tailored to each patients periodontal risk at specific intervals. Typically, these cleanings do not require local anesthetic. The interval for periodontal maintenance visits varies from patient to patient, but is generally recommended every 3-4 months.
Why is maintenance important? After completion of active periodontal disease therapy, it is imperative to return for periodontal maintenance cleanings on a regular basis. It has been shown by multiple research studies that periodontal treatment without maintenance is a major risk factor for increased progression of gum disease and future tooth loss.
Periodontal maintenance provides patients the best chance to maintain the healthy results obtained after active periodontal therapy.