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Tens of millions of Americans suffer from gingivitis or periodontal disease, which is the main cause of tooth loss in adults age 35 and older. The disease attacks the support structure that holds teeth in place from under the gum by creating periodontal pockets, which separate the teeth and gum. Dentists determine the extent of your gum disease by measuring the pocket depth. The bacterial colonies in the periodontal pockets are called biofilms. It’s important to treat gum disease since your gum health can affect your overall health. Periodontal disease can increase your chances of developing cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes.
In the past, dentists turned to deep cleanings, antibiotics and surgery to remove bacteria from under the gum, however, Perio Protect® kills the bacteria with medicine delivered straight to the pockets. Perio Protect patients often still need deep cleanings; however, the root planing and scaling treatments go more smoothly if you also use Perio Protect at home. We’re proud to offer Perio Protect as a non-invasive gum disease treatment. Call us to request a consultation and discover if Perio Protect is right for you.
What Is Perio Protect in Bala Cynwyd?
Perio Protect uses upper and lower trays to hold a gel medication containing a hydrogen peroxide solution. The trays seal, ensuring the medicine reaches deep into the periodontal pockets. The trays are custom-made, thin and lightweight. Patients put medicine in the trays and wear them several times a day for about 15 minutes at a time. Many people find this treatment convenient since they can watch TV, mow the lawn or do just about anything but eat or drink while wearing the trays.
While there is no cure for gum disease, Perio Protects keeps bacteria at bay, allowing you to manage your gum disease with this at-home treatment. This may help you avoid needing surgery.
How Long Will a Perio Protect Treatment Take?
Your dentist will determine the length of your treatment by considering the extent of your gum disease. Once the infection heals, your dentist may reduce the number of times a day you need to wear the trays. Keeping your follow-up appointments will allow our dentist to adjust your treatment schedule as you begin to heal.
What Are the Advantages of Having Perio Protect Treatment?
Perio Protect’s primary benefit is that it is an alternative to surgery, although if you have advanced gum disease, your dentist may recommend Perio Protect after surgery. Perio Protect reviews say the treatment reduces periodontal pocket depth when used in conjunction with deep cleanings, so it can eliminate bleeding gums and reduce the discomfort associated with treating gum disease. Perio Protect reviews also mention that patients have fresher breath, and the mild peroxide solution helps to whiten teeth.
If you would like to learn if you can benefit from Perio Protect, please call our office to set up a consultation with one of our experienced dentists.
Are Perio Protect Dentists Certified in the Treatment’s Use?
Yes, our Perio Protect dentists had training to become certified providers who can instruct patients in how to treat their gum disease at home. Our dentists’ training helps ensure the best Perio Protect results for patients. We are pleased to offer patients a convenient, conservative treatment that they can do at home. Please call our office to request a consultation with one of our Perio Protect dentists to learn more about this exciting new treatment for gum disease.
What Perio Protect Cost Can I Expect?
Each of our Perio Protect patients has different needs, so your Perio Protect cost will vary from that of other patients. Factors that influence your price include the cost of the upper and lower trays and the medication. We try our best to keep our fees affordable so everyone who can benefit from Perio Protect has the opportunity. If you call our office and request a consultation, your dentist will go over your expected costs with you.
Will My Insurance Cover the Perio Protect Cost?
Some insurance providers see the benefit of Perio Protect for long-term gum health; however, coverage varies. Please contact your dental insurance provider for details. Ask if they cover insurance code D5994. If you cannot get the information you need, our staff can help you. Call our office for more information.
Who is the Perio Protect Treatment for?
Perio Protect is for individuals who are looking for a non-invasive at-home treatment to supplement or replace existing periodontal disease treatment. A patient has to make a daily commitment to wearing the tray as directed and keeping office visits for in-office treatment for the Perio treatment to be effective. Call us to arrange a consultation to learn if you’re a good candidate for taking charge of your gum disease treatment with Perio Protect in Bala Cynwyd.