After initial charting and a course of periodontal treatment
has been completed, your dentist will put you on an appropriate maintenance programme. Named so, because we are trying to maintain the levels of bone and support for your teeth.
is not a reversible disease, you don’t suddenly grow new bone to support your teeth. You have the disease for life and it is thought that it progresses in phases, stable periods followed by periods of disease activity that can cause further bone loss around your teeth. Because of this, and the fact that we can’t predict when it will happen, it is important we continue to keep a careful eye on things- this is the purpose of the maintenance program.
How your dentist designs this programme depends on a number of things including the number of risk factors for gum disease
you have, the progression of your disease and the level of your oral hygiene and plaque control. They will also take into account how severe the disease was when you first presented, how easy treatment was to perform and how your gums responded.
We recommend that most people see a dentist every 6 months, but when it comes to gum disease, this is a little different. Most dentists will want to see you every 3 months, although this will depend on your susceptibility and the points raised above. It can be as often as 2 months or for more resistant individuals, 4 months or even (once you have proved you can keep things amazingly clean) just the regular 6 monthly check.
A lot of the time non-surgical treatments (cleaning above and below the gums) and recall evaluations will be carried out by the hygienist at the practice, but a dentist should review your progress and adjust the intervals as necessary at least once a year.