Periodontal Maintenance

A periodontal maintenance procedure is not the same treatment as a regular cleaning (prophylaxis) even though a hygienist may perform both services. After a patient has been treated for periodontal disease, either with root planning or surgery, regular periodontal maintenance treatment is prescribed for patients with persistent pocketing, bone loss and bleeding due to the aggressive bacteria still inhabiting the bone and tissue below the gum line.  Typically an interval of three to four months between appointments is effective in maintaining a healthy mouth.  As in many other chronic conditions, successful long-term control of the disease and prevention of tooth loss depends on continual, and often, lifetime maintenance.