It is generally accepted in the specialty of periodontics that proper supportive maintenance therapy (regular exams and periodontal cleanings) is perhaps the most important aspect of treatment needed to promote a favorable longterm outcome. Dr. FitzPatrick will establish an evidenced based program specifically for the patient's needs. The goals are to carry out what is appropriate and practical to prevent recurrence of disease.
Preventing recurrence of periodontal diseases starts at home with good oral hygiene (plaque control) as demonstrated during your treatment visits. It is continued in the periodontal office by proper monitoring by your doctor, and the treatment efforts of the dental hygienist to maintain your oral health. This of course is no guarantee that problems won't occur, but the idea is to recognize them when they do, and respond appropriately.