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Article: Volume 46 Number 10 Page 959 - November 2019

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Periodontics:  The Role of Maintenance in Periodontal Disease

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Abstract: There is increasing recognition, made explicit in the new classification for periodontitis, that periodontitis is a lifelong disease that is not ‘cured’ but rather ‘managed’. This paper focuses on how the response to periodontal treatment is ideally measured and how decisions are made as to whether the treatment has been ‘successful’ or not. The roles of both the patient and practitioner in the maintenance of periodontal health for those patients who respond to initial therapy are crucial. Patients not responding to initial, non-surgical periodontal therapy also need to be appropriately managed, as outlined in this paper.

Clinical relevance: This paper highlights the importance of maintenance of periodontal health, as an integral part of the overall management of patients with periodontitis, in order to minimize further periodontal breakdown and eventual tooth loss.

Author notes: Joanna Batt, PhD, FHEA, MJDF(RCS Eng), BDS, Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry, University of Birmingham School of Dentistry, Birmingham (email: J.M.Batt@bham.ac.uk), Phil Ower, MSc, BDS, FFGDP(UK)(Hon), MGDS RCS(Eng), MGDS RCS(Ed), Periocourses Ltd, www.periocourses.co.uk and Praveen Sharma, PhD, FHEA, MJDF(RCS Eng), BDS, Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry, University of Birmingham School of Dentistry, Birmingham, UK.

Objective: To appreciate the importance of maintenance of periodontal health in the overall management of patients with periodontitis.

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