Periodontal and periimplant maintenance: a critical factor in long-term treatment success.

@article{Shumaker2009PeriodontalAP,
  title={Periodontal and periimplant maintenance: a critical factor in long-term treatment success.},
  author={Nicholas D. Shumaker and Brett T Metcalf and Nicholas T Toscano and Dan J Holtzclaw},
  journal={Compendium of continuing education in dentistry},
  year={2009},
  volume={30 7},
  pages={
          388-90, 392, 394 passim; quiz 407, 418
        }
}
Periodontal maintenance (PM) is a critical factor in the long-term success of both periodontal and dental implant therapy. Studies have shown both modern periodontal and dental implant therapies are effective in maintaining natural teeth and replacing lost teeth, respectively. However, without a regular program of clinical reevaluation, plaque control, oral hygiene instruction, and reassessment of biomechanical factors, the benefits of treatment often are lost and inflammatory disease in the… CONTINUE READING

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