Volume 58, Issue 4 p. 231-235

Tooth Loss in Maintenance Patients in a Private Periodontal Practice

Thomas G. Wilson Jr.

Thomas G. Wilson Jr.

Private practice of periodontics, Dallas, TX.

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Mark E. Glover

Mark E. Glover

Private practice of periodontics, Dallas, TX.

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Arvinder K. Malik

Arvinder K. Malik

Private practice of dental hygiene, Dallas, TX.

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Janice A. Schoen

Janice A. Schoen

Lecturer, Department of Dental Hygiene, Texas Women's University, Denton, TX.

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Dovalee Dorsett

Dovalee Dorsett

Director, Statistical Research Laboratory, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX.

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First published: 01 April 1987
Citations: 107
Send reprint requests to: Thomas G. Wilson, Jr., DDS, 8350 N. Central Expressway, Suite M-2112, Dallas, TX 75206.

Abstract

A group of 162 maintenance patients, previously studied for compliance to suggested maintenance schedules, were surveyed for tooth loss over a 5-year period. The group was divided into those who complied to suggested maintenance schedules and those whose compliance was erratic. It was found that none of the patients who had complied to suggested maintenance schedules lost any teeth. In the erratic group, where all tooth loss occurred, it was found that the more often a patient presented for maintenance, the less likely he was to lose teeth. These findings are discussed in relation to current studies on efficacy of various therapies for periodontal diseases.