One of the ways that your dentist in Sioux Falls, SD can help in saving your teeth is with Perio Protect. Perio Protect is a relatively new dental treatment that helps to combat periodontal disease.
What is Perio Protect?
Perio Protect is a branded, non-invasive treatment for patients who have gum disease, otherwise known as periodontal disease. The treatment consists of wearing a dental tray that has medication in it. When the patient wears the dental tray loaded with the medicated gel, the medication is gently “pushed” toward and into the gum tissue via the pockets of the teeth. Over a recommended period of time the medication kills the harmful bacteria that causes gum disease.
How Perio Protect Works
Perio Protect is a medication delivery system that enables longer contact with harmful bacteria-killing medication. If your dentist were to just swab the gums with the same medication, it would quickly dissipate with saliva and the normal mechanisms of the mouth. Perio Protect keeps the medication in contact with gum tissue so that it has enough time to kill harmful bacteria.
What Perio Protect Does Not Do
It’s important to note that Perio Protect is not a treatment for reversing periodontal disease. Perio Protect does not “fix” gum disease. It is simply another tool in the dentist’s toolbox of treatments for gum disease.
Who Can Benefit From Perio Protect?
The patients who can most benefit from Perio Protect are those who are showing the initial signs of gum disease. This treatment can slow the progression of the disease, giving your dentist a larger window of time to stop periodontal disease in its tracks. It’s likely that your dentist will recommend other treatments to coincide with Perio Protect therapy.
Periodontal disease needs to be treated as quickly as possible for optimal results. For more information about Perio Protect treatment in Sioux Falls, SD, please contact us today.