Volume 57, Issue 6 p. 347-353

Effect of Periodontal Therapy on Patients Maintained for 15 Years or Longer

A Retrospective Study

Marc J. Goldman

Marc J. Goldman

116 Millburn Ave, Millburn, NJ 07041.

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Ira Franklin Ross

Ira Franklin Ross

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Periodontology, University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey Dental School, 100 Bergen St. Newark, NJ 07103.

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David Goteiner

David Goteiner

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Periodontology, University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey Dental School, 100 Bergen St. Newark, NJ 07103.

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First published: 01 June 1986
Citations: 166
Send reprint requests to: Dr. Marc J. Goldman, Medical Arts Building, 116 Millburn Ave, Millburn, NJ 07041.

Abstract

A retrospective study of tooth loss in 211 patients who were treated for periodontal disease in private practice and maintained for 15 to 34 years on 3- to 6-month recall schedules is reported. The average age of the patients was 42 years, and the average length of time in maintenance was 22 years. On the basis of response to therapy, the patients were classified as Well-Maintained (62%), Downhill (28%) and Extreme Downhill (10%). Seven hundred and seventy-one (771) teeth were lost (13.4%) due to all causes. Molar teeth are the most prone to loss and the mandibular cuspid is the most resistant. The importance of maintenance therapy is emphasized.