Periodontal treatment requires the cooperation the patient, the general dentist, and the periodontist to achieve and maintain optimal oral health.
When we look at success of periodontal treatment we have to get the answers to a number of questions:
- Is the gum tissue tighter around the teeth and do the teeth get tighter?
- Have we stopped or slowed down the disease process?
Our success rates for accomplishing these objectives are extremely high.
Patient follow-up is also critical to treatment success. The questions I need answered about patients include the following:
- Are they doing the proper home care?
- Are they brushing and flossing regularly?
- Are they coming in every three months routinely for dental hygiene visits?
In my 28 years of experience with patients, I have found that patients who come in like clockwork every three months and are doing their homecare regularly do very well. Retreatment is minimal and the retreatment can sometimes be a small area, not their entire mouth.
We strongly recommend a preventative care program. The bacteria that cause gum disease repopulate in about 90 days. That is the reason we recommend the three-month intervals for patients who have a history of periodontal disease and those who are most susceptible. I always ask patients, “Would you rather come in every three months and have no other dental treatment, or come in less often but run the risk of needing other treatment?”
This preventative maintenance is performed in our office as well as in the general dentist’s office, and most of our patients alternate. They have four hygiene visits a year–two at our office and two at their general dentist’s office–so they are getting the best of both worlds. We focus on different parts of the mouth: as a periodontist, I am looking at the gum and bone structure, and the restorative doctor looking at their fillings and their crowns and that part of the tooth.
With the cooperation of the patient, the general dentist, and the periodontist, periodontal disease can be treated successfully.
Dr. Alan H. Farber
Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY
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