- Martin L. Schroeder DDS, MAGD
Matthew C. Schroeder DDS
- 134 North Main Street
Biglerville, PA 17307-9416
- (717) 677-8145
Gum Disease Treatment Alternatives
Non Surgical Intervention - Perio Protect™
More than 75 % of adults in the United States have some form of gum disease (or periodontal disease). In the early stages of the disease most people are unaware that they have a problem.
The earliest form of gum disease is called gingivitis. Untreated, gingivitis progresses to the more advanced form of gum disease called periodontitis. Because of this progression, all forms of gum disease should be seen as serious and not neglected. Former Surgeon General, David Satcher called gum disease the “silent epidemic". It is also known as the "busy person's disease" because people with very busy schedules often neglect their oral hygiene and become victims. It can be scary to hear that you have gum disease. Many people become embarrassed when they are told they have it. However, studies show that many adults lose ground even when they brush and floss regularly. A well-known phrase for growing older is growing "long in the tooth." This phrase describes the unsightly appearance of teeth affected by periodontal disease. But, growing old and having periodontal disease do not have to be linked.
When the symptoms become severe, with gums bleeding and teeth loosening, people start to pay attention. Unfortunately this level disease is at the crisis point and often the teeth cannot be saved.
The following list represents a few of the concerns people have regarding a periodontal exam or treatment:
- Fear of surgery
- Fear of loss of teeth
- Embarrassment and concern about their bleeding gums
- Sensitive/sore teeth
- Fear that cleanings will be painful
- Long appointments
- Expensive treatments.
Convenient, comfortable treatment is available. In our office we provide various types of intervention for all stages of the disease. Extremely minor symptoms are typically treated non-surgically with some patient education, a professional quality cleaning, and careful attention to follow-up visits.
For patients with moderate gingivitis through severe periodontitis, this office offers the convenient, comfortable Perio Protect™ treatment, which is a method that uses an FDA-cleared medical device that enables dentists in most cases to provide effective treatment with:
- No Painful Scraping
- No Expensive Surgery
- No Lengthy Appointments
- No Shots
- No Pain.
The Perio Protect™ system, which is very easy to use, has been proven in clinical studies to kill harmful bacteria within 72 hours.
Within days of using the medication, inflammation and swelling is reduced and bleeding gum tissue decreases dramatically. Bad breath, for many patients, is eliminated and teeth are often lightened in color.
How it Works
You will be fitted for custom made mouth-pieces (Perio Trays™), which are similar to athletic mouth guards. They are very thin, soft, and comfortable. The trays are made by an FDA-registered laboratory to the exact dimensions of your teeth. You will then take them home and add the doctor prescribed medications (which are usually in a gel form - similar in consistency to toothpaste) and wear them according to the doctor's instruction (for only a few minutes at a time). This gel seeps above and below the gum line, modifying the biofilm (the calculus and tartar) which makes your brushing and flossing that much more effective. The hard calculus and tartar are turned into a soft chalky material that is easily removed by regular brushing and flossing. The gel also kills the bacteria, which allows your gums to heal. You will be instructed on the frequency of usage based on your diagnosis. A great advantage of this method is that the entire treatment is done in the comfort of your own home. The medications used in this unique treatment also whiten your teeth and freshen your breath.
At each subsequent dental visit, our hygienist will gently remove any remaining softened deposits and evaluate the progress of your healing. Your dental visits will be quick, easy, and painless.
Imagine.... a new way of eliminating most gingivitis and periodontitis problems without pain or excessive expense. To see video testimonials from patients who have been through the system click here: http://www.perioprotect.com/testimonials.asp