Periodontal Disease, Perio Protect and Laser Treatments
What is Periodontal Disease ?
Unlike most diseases, it’s painless. Worse, the conditions that cause periodontal disease are the same destructive processes that are found in many connective tissue disorders. So there’s the problem: painless, destructive, and related to other disorders you might not think could be connected.
Your gums are like a canary in a cage; an early warning sign that something is amiss. It could be from poor oral hygiene (lack of daily brushing and flossing properly) causing a bacterial infection. It might be a fungal overgrowth, diabetes, hormone imbalance, side–effect of some medications, or lack of certain nutrients.
Gingivitis is the first stage, and it is easier to treat. They start to look red and puffy, and may start to bleed a little when you brush or floss. Left untreated, the condition becomes destructive.
Periodontal Disease may seem no different when you look in the mirror, because the condition has advanced beneath the surface of your gums. At this point, the inflammation has produced chemical changes that literally melt the bone that holds your teeth in place. Perfectly good teeth can be lost, all without any pain!
What We Do About It
We take x-rays to evaluate bone loss. Then we use a tiny probe to measure the depth of the gum pocket in six places around each and every tooth. Listen as the numbers are recorded: 3mm or less is ok. Anything over 4mm is cause for concern. More than 4mm is quite worrisome.
The next step is to take a small sample of plaque (the sticky stuff clinging to your teeth) and examine it under a microscope. You’ll see what’s there – and compare it to a chart of what could be found. This way we treat your condition effectively. It’s the same reason your physician needs a culture or sample before choosing medical treatment.
Additional easy testing of Zinc, Vit C and perhaps others completes the assessment.
Now we have a roadmap for you. Depending on the severity of your condition, there are different methods we use to remove the built up debris (called calculus or tartar) from beneath your gums. One procedure is a “root plane and scale”, but there are other times when a tiny laser does the job. This is the LANAP process: http://www.lanap.com/demo.php
Often this process requires a few appointments. It will all be explained to you with specific information about home care for your needs. During this time, we’ll work with you on your nutritional needs and proper supplementation. Remember, this is the same inflammatory process that can affect your overall health!
Follow-up care will be customized to the extent of your condition. Most people need to return more frequently until the disease process is under control. Like diabetes, it won’t go away, but it can be controlled.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment with
If you have gum disease, you are not alone. 8 out of 10 Americans have symptoms of gum disease (gingivitis or periodontitis). With Perio Protect, you have a better way to fight it.
Gum disease is the body’s response to a bacterial infection in your gum tissue. Common symptoms of oral bacterial infections in the gum tissue include:
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Receding gums (teeth appear longer)
- Obvious plaque, tartar or calculus
- Spaces developing between your teeth
- Swollen, red or tender gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Teeth that are loose or mobile
An At-Home Minimally-Invasive Gum Disease Treatment that Works!
Gum disease affects 8 out of 10 Americans and can lead to:
- Painful inflammation of gum tissue and dangerous infections
- Loss of otherwise healthy tooth structure
- Damage to the underlying bone and soft tissue in your mouth
- Diabetes, Hypertension and Impotence, Cardiac problems and more
Many people wish to avoid old-fashioned gum disease treatments that involve scraping away diseased gum tissue. This is understandable considering that these traditional periodontal procedures can require several painful visits over a period of weeks or months.
Wouldn’t it be great if there were a non-invasive treatment that stops gum disease in its tracks and even whitens your teeth at the same time? With Perio Protect, all of this is possible!
How Perio Protect Works
Regular cleanings and thorough brushing and flossing at home aren’t always enough to prevent and treat gum disease and infections below the gumline. The Perio Protect system offers a safe and effective way to fight gum disease. The Perio Tray is comfortable, flexible, and designed exactly for your mouth to deliver and hold medication under the gums long enough to manage the bacteria causing the disease.
The best part? Perio Protect is completely comfortable, non-invasive, and pain-free!
Custom Perio Protect Trays + Peroxide Gel = Healthy Gums, Fresher Breath & Whiter Teeth!
Custom Made Perio Protect Trays
- Custom made to fit your mouth
- Long lasting
- Easy to use
Healing Peroxide Gel
- Low concentration of hydrogen peroxide
- Safe & Natural
- Targets bacteria beneath the gum line
- Truly whitens & brightens teeth!
Perio Protect trays are custom-made and specifically designed to fit your mouth and your individual periodontal needs. You’ll take these trays home with you — they’re easy to use and can last for years.
We’ll also provide you with a patented low concentration hydrogen peroxide gel. You’ll fill your trays with this gel and wear them as directed by Dr. Regiani and Dr. Harlow and our hygienists. The snug-fitting Perio Protect trays will gently push the gel below your gum lines, where gum disease-causing bacteria hide.
Perio Protect trays are comfortable and easy to wear. You’ll only need to wear them for 15 minutes per application!
Perio Protect Whitens Teeth, Too!
The hydrogen peroxide gel used in the Perio Tray doesn’t just kill bacteria; it’s also a healthy, low-concentration tooth whitener.
In fact, it’s very similar to many at-home teeth whitening products! Can you believe it? There’s a non-invasive way to reverse gum disease that actually makes your smile brighter?
Perio Protect has been a leader in minimally invasive dentistry, as a periodontal (gum) disease treatment, for more than ten years with a method that offers patients a gentle, yet effective way to fight the bacteria that cause gum disease.
Untreated infections can lead to tooth loss and may compromise your health. It’s important to talk to your doctor and hygienist about your conditions and treatment options. And it is important to treat the disease if you have it.