Position paper: periodontal maintenance

J Periodontol. 2003 Sep;74(9):1395-401. doi: 10.1902/jop.2003.74.9.1395.


The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the role of periodontal maintenance procedures in the treatment of periodontal diseases. Reliance on this position paper in patient management will not guarantee a successful outcome, as periodontal diseases typically involve complex causes and symptoms. Ultimately, decisions regarding the diagnosis, treatment, and management of disease, as well as subsequent preventive therapy, must be made by the treating practitioner based on specific circumstances presented by the patient.

Publication types

  • Guideline
  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Dental Implants
  • Disease Progression
  • Humans
  • Periodontal Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Periodontal Diseases / therapy
  • Time Factors
  • Tooth Loss / prevention & control


  • Dental Implants