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Periodontal disease occurs when plaque builds up between your teeth and gums. As the bacteria grow, they cause inflammation, gum recession and eventually bone deterioration. You can lose your teeth if you don’t seek treatment. One sign of gum disease is periodontal pockets, which are spaces that develop between the teeth and gums. You can’t see them because they are under your gum; however, your dentist will spot the pockets during a routine exam. Dentists measure the size of the pockets to determine if you have mild, moderate or severe periodontal disease.
The goal of periodontal disease treatment is to eliminate the bacteria in the pockets and shrink them so there is no place for bacteria to hide. Traditionally, dentists have done this with deep cleanings and antibiotics—and surgery in severe cases. At our office, we’ve incorporated Perio Protect into our treatment mix. It’s a conservative treatment that utilizes trays you wear at home to deliver medication to the pockets. If you would like to learn more about being treated with Perio Protect® in Blackwood, call our office and schedule a consultation.
What Is Perio Protect in Blackwood?
Perio Protect is a way for patients with gum disease to control bacteria with a conservative treatment they can use at home on a daily basis. Perio Protect consists of an upper and lower tray which seal, so when a patient puts the gel medication inside the trays, it reaches deep into the periodontal pockets. Patients wear the trays several times a day for about 10 to 15 minutes at a time. The trays, which resemble mouth guards, are comfortable and patients can relax, clean their home or read while wearing the trays.
How Long is the Perio Protect Treatment Time?
Your dentist will prescribe the amount of medicine you’ll place in your Perio Protect trays and how often you will wear the trays. The goal is to eliminate the bad bacteria in your periodontal pockets. Gums heal because daily use of Perio Protect prevents the bacteria from recolonizing. Once your dentist sees positive Perio Protect results, they will adjust your schedule for wearing the trays. There is no cure for periodontal disease, but once you’ve healed, your dentist may suggest a maintenance schedule of using the tray once each day.
Why Should I Consider Perio Protect?
Patients say the system is the least invasive way to deliver medication to periodontal pockets and eliminate painful, swollen gums. Perio Protect reviews confirm that patients who use the trays find it easy and convenient to use between office visits. The trays allow the medicine to reach areas that patients cannot reach with normal brushing and flossing. Perio Protect may also help avoid the need for surgery.
Perio Protect reviews also mention that when patients eliminate bacteria, their breath is fresher. Bad breath is an unfortunate side effect of gum disease. The gel in the trays also whitens teeth, another pleasant, and often unexpected, side effect.
Do Perio Protect Dentists Have Special Training?
Yes, our Perio Protect dentists attend training courses before being certified to offer the treatment to patients. We’re proud to be able to offer a periodontal disease treatment that helps eliminate the need for antibiotics and surgery. If you’re looking for a dental office offering Perio Protect, please contact us and request a consultation.
What’s the Average Perio Protect Cost?
There’s no average Perio Protect cost since each of our patients has unique needs. We base your cost on how advanced your gum disease is and the length of your treatment. You’ll pay separate fees for the trays and the medicine. The trays are durable; you can expect them to last for years. If you call our office and request a consultation, your dentist will explain the cost for the trays, the medication and follow-up visits.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Part of the Perio Protect Cost?
You should check with your plan administrator or dental insurance provider to see if they cover Perio Protect treatments. Specifically, ask about insurance code D5994. Even though Perio Protect has been in use for a number of years, not all insurance providers cover the cost of treatment. Our staff can help you if you have any difficulty verifying your coverage.
What Determines a Patient’s Suitability for a Perio Treatment?
This is a question for your dentist. He or she will examine your teeth and gums and go over your medical history with you. Most patients are good candidates; however, you will need to schedule a consultation with one of our Perio Protect dentists to find out if the treatment is right for you. Call today and take the first step toward healthier gums. You’ll be glad you did.