Re-evaluation of Initial Treatment
It is necessary to re-evaluate the initial treatment after 4 to 6 weeks of treatment. This is to ensure that the inflammation is subsiding and that your oral hygiene is adequate. A gentle debridement is also performed to further reduce the bacterial load and assist healing at this very vulnerable time. This is carried out by the Periodontist or the Hygienist.
After three months the condition is re-evaluated and the periodontal pockets reassessed. Periodontal pockets that remain which are greater than 5-6 mm and bleed on probing are likely to indicate active disease which will probably lead to further breakdown. Antibiotic therapy may be prescribed in association with further debridement and root planing of the effected sites. In the majority of cases this is enough to stabilise the disease and the patient will proceed to a maintenance supportive care program.