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Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, occurs when bacteria is trapped in periodontal pockets, which are created as your gums separate from your teeth. The bacteria begins destroying the support structures that hold teeth firmly in place. Periodontal disease treatment aims to remove the bacteria to prevent teeth from becoming loose. Besides the loss of your teeth, gum disease can increase your chances of developing heart disease, hypertension and stroke if the bacteria enter the bloodstream.
Dentists may suggest surgery in extreme cases, but we prefer to try teeth cleanings and Perio Protect®, an innovative way to remove harmful bacteria from periodontal pockets. If you have gum disease and are interested in a nonsurgical alternative treatment, call our office to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists to discuss Perio Protect in Cedarbrook.
What Are Perio Protect Treatments?
Perio Protect is an FDA-approved treatment for periodontal disease. Our dentists make molds of your teeth that are used to make custom trays that hold the prescribed medication. Microbes are managed with hydrogen peroxide, an antiseptic, in the medicine delivered in Perio Protect trays.
The trays seal and then push the medicine into the periodontal pockets, where it fights bacteria. You wear the trays at home several times a day, for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. The medicine prevents bacteria buildup between dental visits. Perio Protect also helps to prevent the overuse of antibiotics, since more microbes are becoming antibiotic resistant.
Most of our patients find filling and wearing the trays easy and comfortable. Call our office to make an appointment to talk to one of our dentists about Perio Protect.
How Long Does It Take for Perio Protect to Work?
The time it takes to see Perio Protect results depends on the extent of your periodontal disease. Your dentist determines your treatment duration and frequency, and reviews the results at each follow-up appointment. Once you heal, your dentist will reevaluate how often you’ll wear the trays. The typical maintenance schedule is once per day. You can’t cure periodontal disease, but you can manage it easily from home.
What Benefits Do Patients Receive from a Perio Protect Treatment?
Perio Protect reviews show that patients find Perio Protect treatment, along with dental cleanings, to be a highly effective way to manage their periodontal disease. And Perio Protect reviews from dentists mention impressive periodontal pocket size reduction, and that patients find their gums are not swollen anymore and they don’t bleed. Other benefits of Perio Protect in Cedarbrook include fresher breath as the medicine kills bacteria, and whiter teeth from the peroxide.
It’s impossible for patients to fight bacteria in periodontal pockets at home with toothbrushes and dental floss. Perio Protect offers a convenient way for patients to manage their periodontal disease between office visits. Since the system is so easy to use, compliance is high.
What Are Perio Protect Dentists?
Perio Protect dentists are certified Perio Protect providers. Not all dentists can prescribe the treatment, however, we have highly skilled dentists with the training and certification required to provide the treatment. We’re happy to be able to offer this non-invasive treatment to our patients. Call us today to schedule your appointment with a certified Perio Protect provider.
What Will Perio Protect Cost?
Your Perio Protect cost will depend on the extent of the infection. Your dentist will go over the cost of the medicine and the trays with you beforehand. We do our best to keep our fees affordable so everyone who has gum disease can benefit from Perio Protect. Call our office to schedule a consultation and your dentist will explain your anticipated Perio Protect cost. If your budget is limited, Perio Protect is one of the most cost-effective options for treating periodontal disease.
Will My Dental Insurance Plan Cover a Perio Protect Treatment?
Coverage for Perio Protect varies among dental insurance providers. You should contact your plan administrator and ask if you have coverage for dental procedure code D5994. We would be glad to help if you are unable to figure out your benefits. Please call our office for more information.
Who Is Eligible for Perio Protect Treatments?
Nearly everyone with periodontal disease is a candidate for Perio treatment. One of our Perio Protect dentists will examine your teeth and gums and go over your medical history before determining if the treatment can help you fight infection between office visits. We find that patients who fear pain and want to avoid surgery at all costs are good candidates for Perio Protect because they follow the at-home instructions. Other candidates are individuals who dislike periodontal scaling. Call us today to schedule a consultation to see if Perio Protect is right for you.