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Periodontitis & Gum Disease Treatments in Amarillo

What is Perio Protect®?

Perio Protect is an innovative and non-invasive method of care to help halt the progression of gum disease by addressing destructive bacterial populations harbored in periodontal pockets. With Perio Protect treatment, optimal periodontal health is supported while the need for repetitive deep cleanings, surgical intervention, or the use of antibiotics to address gum disease is reduced.

However, if the treatment of advanced gum disease still warrants a surgical procedure, Perio Protect serves as a valuable adjunct to care; preventing harmful bacteria from recolonizing periodontal pockets and deterring recurrent infection.

How does it work?

Although brushing and flossing every day is essential for maintaining a healthy smile; even a thorough oral hygiene routine cannot effectively reach bacteria hidden deep inside a periodontal pocket. In the past, the only way to get to manage the biofilm growing periodontal pockets has involved multiple office visits and the physical debridement of the area by means of deep cleanings (scaling and root planing) or gum surgery.

As a more convenient and comfortable way to manage gum disease, the innovative Perio Protect Method uses easy-to-wear customized trays to deliver prescription-strength hydrogen peroxide gel into existing periodontal pockets. Once the gel is introduced into the pockets, it disrupts the formation of the oral biofilm, oxygenates the area and reduces the bacterial population.

An Easier and More Comfortable Approach to Care!

Fighting gum disease is easier and more comfortable than ever before with the Perio Protect Method. By simply wearing the patented Perio Trays® with the recommended amount of medicated gel each day as prescribed by our office, patients can cleanse periodontal pockets and combat disease-causing bacteria. And, as an added benefit of care, Perio Protect freshens your breath and whitens your smile!

Frequently Asked Questions

How common is gum disease?


Most people don’t realize that periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every two adults over the age of 30 in the United States has periodontal disease.

What causes gum disease?


You may be surprised to learn that the human mouth is home to a wide variety of microbes. The fact is that over 700 different strains of bacteria have been detected in the oral cavity. Although some of these bacteria are beneficial, others are harmful to oral health. Without proper oral hygiene and routine dental care, these harmful bacteria can cause tooth decay and gum disease, compromising both your oral health and overall wellbeing.

Are there other risk factors for periodontal disease?


In addition to inadequate oral hygiene and infrequent professional care, other factors, including smoking, genetic tendencies, and unchecked diabetes, can contribute to the escalation of periodontal disease.

Why are healthy gums so important?


Your gums and teeth have an interdependent relationship, which means healthy teeth depend on the support of healthy gums. Also, taking care of your smile does more than keep your teeth and gums in optimal condition; good oral health also supports systemic health. In addition to being the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, researchers are finding more and more links between periodontal disease and a number of medical problems, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory problems, and adverse pregnancy outcomes such as pre-term and low birth-weight babies.

What are the symptoms of gingivitis?


If you notice that your gums are bleeding with the slightest pressure while brushing or flossing, it’s a sign of gingivitis. Although gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, it can easily be reversed with deeper cleanings as well as an improved regimen of oral hygiene at home.

What happens as gum disease progresses?


In the absence of professional treatment and better home care, gingivitis progresses to the next stage, which is known as periodontitis. In this stage, the connective tissue and bone that hold the teeth in place begin to break down with an increase in pocketing between the teeth and bone, gum recession, and bone loss. Without proper treatment by your dentist, periodontitis will progress from a mild to moderate loss of supporting tissue to the destruction of the bone around the teeth.

What are the best ways to manage and treat more advanced gum disease or periodontitis?


Although gingivitis can often be reversed with improved oral hygiene and professional cleanings, as periodontal disease advances, more extensive procedures are required to halt its progression. Based on a complete assessment of your periodontal health and a review of possible contributing factors, our office will recommend the best options in care. Treatment for periodontitis may include a series of deeper cleanings known as root planing and scaling, surgical procedures to reduce pocket depth, bone or tissue grafts, laser procedures, or antimicrobial medications.

How much does periodontal treatment cost?


The cost of care depends on the type of procedures required to restore your periodontal health. If you have dental insurance, plans often cover treatment to prevent gum disease as well as many procedures to treat the various stages of gum disease. Our goal is to help patients restore and maintain good oral health. We do all we can to help you begin care without additional stress or delay. Our business office works with you to maximize your benefits and provide easier, more convenient payment options.

What is the best way to prevent gum disease?


By seeing our office regularly for care and doing your best to eat a healthy diet and practice good oral hygiene, you can keep your smile in tip-top shape as well as protect your overall wellbeing.

Why choose the office of Belpree Dental for care?


At the office of Belpree Dental, we provide a comprehensive range of services to address all your oral healthcare needs. You can rest assured that your smile is in the best of hands at our office. Our skilled and experienced team maintains a position at the forefront of advances in care and remains dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate treatment.

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