Recall visits - overview
- Plan a regular recall control appointment, preferably at least every 6 months
- In situations of compromised patient health and/or oral hygiene, increase recall frequency and hygiene measures
- Evaluate whether patient expectations have been met and quality of life improved
- Examine the condition of soft and hard tissue and prosthetic components and render necessary maintenance
Regular recall controls - important for long-term treatment success
To achieve good long term results, regular recall control appointments should be scheduled. Ideally, recall appointments take place at least every 6 months for a systemic review of the general health, medication and oral condition of the patient. Depending on motivation and oral hygiene level, the clinician may consider an increased frequency of recall visits.
Check list for important recall visit activities
- Are patient expectations met and quality of life improved?
- Evaluate general health of the patient, patient compliance and oral hygiene
- Professional prophylaxis by dentist, hygienist, or assistant.
- Check for loose restorations (de-cementation, broken or loose screws) and wear of prosthesis
- Check for chipping and fracture of prosthesis elements
- Check function of retention elements of implant overdentures
- Check occlusion and function
- Examine for signs of inflammation, infection, swelling, exudate, pus, pain, bleeding, plaque, peri-implantitis and/or mucositis
- Obtain radiographs at appropriate time frames based upon recall or presence of concerning signs/symptoms
- Review medications and update changes to medication history accordingly
- Schedule next recall visit