Periodontal disease affects millions of people in the United States each year. The most common treatment for the condition is root planing and scaling, a procedure that involves cleaning below the gum line. After the procedure, patients undergo a round of antibiotics. In some cases, the deep cleaning needs to be repeated every three months to ensure that pockets in the gums do not lead to bone loss. Unfortunately, almost half of those people who follow this maintenance schedule continue to have periodontal disease. Perio Protect was developed to improve the outcomes of periodontitis treatments.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is an oral health condition in which you have an infection around the base of your teeth that is caused by bacteria. Left untreated, the bacteria continue to grow below the gum line and eventually leads to bone loss. Periodontal disease is very difficult to treat with brushing and flossing; therefore, the best option is periodic deep cleanings by your dentist.
What is Perio Protect?
Perio Protect is an at-home treatment that complements the intensive cleanings that you receive at our office. The medications that are used with a Perio Tray® penetrate the gum line to help fight bacteria.
Benefits of Periodontal Trays
- Comfortable fit that is similar to wearing a mouth guard
- Less invasive that alternative medication delivery options
- May reduce the need for antibiotics
- Easy to use at home
- Requires no special techniques
How Does Perio Protect Work?
Perio Protect works by delivering a consistent amount of bacteria-fighting medication to your gums. The tray seals against your gums so that the medication is pushed into the pockets of your gum line.
How Do I Use the Perio Tray?
The Perio Tray® is custom-made to fit your mouth. You use the tray two to three times each day, adding a small amount of the gel medication at specific points in the tray. After 10 to 15 minutes, you remove the tray. Once your infection is managed, you continue to use the tray one tie each day. Your dentist will let you know when you can reduce the usage of your Perio Tray®.
Perio Protect Results
Periodontal disease is not curable, so the Perio Protect system will help you better manage the condition. Some of the results of the treatment may include:
- Reduction in pocket depth
- Fewer occurrences of bleeding gums
- Less discomfort during root planing and scaling treatments
What are the Side Effects of Perio Trays®?
Your teeth may gradually get whiter when you use the gel medication that comes with your Perio Tray®. There are no other side effects for the Perio Protect system.
Schedule A Consultation
If you have periodontal disease and would like to take better care of your gums, Perio Protect may be for you. For more information, contact Baltimore Periodontics Lasers & Dental Implants. You can call our office in Catonsville directly at (410) 744-6088.