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Richard H. Nagelberg: It's all about perio maintenance

from Dental Economics

Periodontal therapy involves many factors and events, including probing, radiographs, diagnosis, case typing, treatment planning, scaling, irrigating, surgery, prescribing, re-evaluating and perio maintenance, among others. Some or all of these activities are necessary to arrive at a successful clinical outcome; however, only one of them determines the longevity of our successful treatment results. It's all about perio maintenance. Periodontal disease is a chronic, noncurable bacterial infection that requires ongoing therapy. When we achieve disease resolution, the patient is healed — not cured. The patient never is cured; the disease is just stabilized. Periodontal disease is very similar to other diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. These are not infectious disorders; they are chronic and noncurable but very controllable, just like periodontal disease. more

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