Periodontal Maintenance Therapy

General Information & Overview

After scaling and root planing, you will require ongoing maintenance therapy to sustain the health of your mouth. Because periodontal disease is a chronic disease, without careful ongoing monitoring and treatment, periodontal disease can recur. Once you have been treated for periodontal disease, periodontal maintenance procedures enable you to gain control of the disease and increase your chance of keeping your natural teeth. Periodontal maintenance is a specialized treatment to protect the foundation of the gums and bone that support your teeth. This treatment is different from the traditional six-month cleanings where calculus, stain, and plaque is removed from tooth structures on individuals with no bone loss, periodontal disease, or infections around their teeth.

The frequency of maintenance visits varies from person to person. Intervals between visits may range from a few weeks to four times a year with check-ups by the dentist. Factors that influence the frequency of treatment include genetic, stress, or tobacco uses, the severity of periodontal disease, bone loss at the time of initial treatment, over-all general health, and at-home oral hygiene.

The hygienist also evaluates your home care and gives you suggestions of tools or techniques if improvement is needed. The increased attention to periodontal disease control that is evident in a periodontal maintenance appointment is meant to help you retain the health of your teeth and gums for a lifetime.

Periodontal disease can easily recur. The bacteria that caused the infection are still present in your mouth and are always ready to attack the teeth, bone and gum tissues. Maintenance therapy is an absolute necessity to ensure that the periodontal infection does not reactivate.

Periodontal Health Status & Risk For Recurrence Factors
  • Immune response
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Medical status
  • Continuing use of tobacco products
Factors to Determine Follow-Up Care
  • Clinical signs of control of infection
  • Degree of residual pocket depth and bone loss
  • Effectiveness of bacterial plaque control
  • Individual susceptibility, immune system response
  • Health, medications, age and other risk factors including smoking, diet, and nutrition

Acharya Periodontics COVID-19 Update

The safety and well-being of our patients and staff is a top priority at Acharya Periodontics.
We are adhering to the guidelines set forth by both the CDC and The Virginia Department of Health as
we monitor developments related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We will continue to
implement strategies recommended by public health authorities.

As part of our own aseptic routine, we perform regular environmental cleaning that meets guidelines for
viral disinfection. We have also increased the frequency of cleanings and broad-spectrum disinfectants
used throughout the building. As usual, our patient areas are sanitized and sterilized as recommended
by the American Dental Association.

We will continue to monitor the situation, seek guidance and best practices from the appropriate health
authorities and share additional information as warranted.

We request that any patient, guest or any other member of Acharya Periodontics who does not feel
well, exhibits signs of infection, or has been in proximity to infected persons avoid entering the
premises.

Also, if you have traveled within the last 2 weeks international or domestic, please inform our staff via
telephone or email before your visit.

We will be glad to reschedule any appointments. Please call us at 540-283-0959 or email at
frontdesk@acharyaperiodontics.com .