Stabilization and Maintenance

Once the mouth has undergone the initial and comprehensive treatment, the disease is now under control. The body is in a situation where it has managed to control both the bacterial challenge and the body’s response.

At this point the gum disease (see gum disease) and pockets present have been reduced as much as is possible. This may have been achieved through non-surgical and/or surgical therapy as well as a new personalized homecare routine. There will be reductions in bleeding gums as well as pockets. Now the mouth is in the stablisation phase. Only at this point with the gum foundations stable can more complicated measures be taken to rehabilitate the mouth. This may include crowns, bridges, dentures, fillings and implants.

Meticulous home care and oral hygiene are considered the key to long-term success of gum procedures. There are recommendations that will help to maintain and keep the disease under control. Starting with Careful cleaning and home care regime tailored to your specific needs. Also regular visits with a hygienist, this can be arranged by either your dentist or at the practice you see me. The hygienist visits will largely comprise of three monthly visits where the hygienist will remove any areas that may have been missed and require professional cleaning.

All research in dentistry has shown the importance of maintenance in creating a stable oral environment that will allow a long-term retention of your teeth and smile.