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3 or 4 month recall?

How do you know when to place a patient on a 3-4 mrc?



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Pathogenic bacteria can recolonize to pretreatment levels in about 9-11 weeks (2-3 months), but this recolonization can vary among patients. Because of this, after non-surgical periodontal treatment/SRP, I like to place patients on a 3 month recall. As time passes, if their periodontal condition remains stable, then I re-assess whether they can be placed on a 4 month recall. However, if signs of disease begin again, I like to tighten it back up to 3 months. This is not a “set in stone” protocol, it’s just what I do based on research of the topic. You make the decision based on your clinical judgement; evaluate the patients’ homecare, severity of disease, risk factors, etc. Each patient is different!

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