Perio Protect Tray Appliances
Gum disease or periodontal disease is something that 75 percent of the United States’ population has some form of. There are different varying degrees and it’s actually the most common reason that adults lose teeth.
Obviously children lose teeth because they’re supposed to. It is an infection in the gums and therefore also in the bones once it gets to be rather severe, and there is bone loss down into and around each of the teeth. When that happens bacteria can take up residence and it can become a systemic problem more so than just an oral problem.
Perio Protect Tray Appliances
Now more than ever it is extremely important to make sure your mouth is healthy. At Atlanta Dental Spa we keep ourselves informed of the latest scientific research available in our field. What we now know is that if you have an unhealthy mouth, it puts you at risk for developing serious systemic illnesses like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pre-term labor, as well as auto-immune and inflammatory diseases (to learn more visit our Complete Health Dentistry page. Furthermore, If you already have a systemic illness and – on top of that – your mouth is unhealthy, it puts you at a higher risk of dying and developing crippling disabilities associated with your illness. Finally, and what our Atlanta Dental Spa team finds to be the most compelling reason to get your mouth healthy is the fact that by improving the health of your mouth, you can reduce your risk for future illness, reduce the negative impact your current illness is having on your body (and reduce the amount of medicine you need to take), and you can – in some cases – actually reverse your illness entirely (like Type 2 Diabetes or high blood pressure, for example).
At Atlanta Dental Spa, we are advocates for your overall health and we understand that good health starts with a healthy mouth. At your first visit with us (and at your regular cleaning visits) we will make sure your teeth and gums are as healthy as possible.
When we find unhealthy areas, we will educate you about options to get things back to health. We have leading-edge technology in our hygiene department just as we do in all other areas of our practice.
How do you know if your gums are unhealthy? A simple test is to vigorously floss between all of you teeth. Is there any red color (blood) on the floss? If so, you have (at least) gingivitis and maybe more progressive gum disease. Healthy gums do not bleed when you clean your teeth with brushing or flossing. If your teeth and gums bleed when you brush and floss, you are at risk for serious illness. Atlanta Dental Spa can help you reverse your risk and get your mouth healthy. Better yet, at Atlanta Dental Spa, we have other options available besides bloody, painful scraping that is traditionally used for treatment. We help our patients avoid deep, painful cleanings and gum surgery with our conservative custom treatments for unhealthy gums. If you have been told you need a deep cleaning or gum surgery, we recommend you schedule a consultation with our Atlanta Dental Spa team. We have new technologies available that may be the right answer for you. Find out more about a consultation or make an appointment.
Perio Trays/Perio Protect
At Atlanta Dental Spa, we offer leading-edge conservative periodontal treatments like Perio Protect trays to improve the health of your gums. With perio trays (Perio Protect), we can make specialized trays that fit over your teeth (upper and lower arch) and deliver oxygen to the deep gum pockets around your teeth. It is in these deep pockets that the harmful bacteria live and cause a chronic infection in your mouth.
The presence of these bacteria cause your body to launch an inflammatory response targeted at the infection in your gums.
The effects of this inflammatory response, however, are widespread throughout your body.
Scientific research shows that this inflammation is what is so harmful to your whole system, and puts you at risk for serious illness. With Perio Protect trays, and other Atlanta Dental Spa periodontal treatments, we destroy the bacteria causing the inflammatory response, which promotes a healing environment where the body is allowed to heal itself.
Most people today do not eat the amount of fruits and vegetables the body needs for daily nutrition, function, and repair. In patients with periodontal disease (gum disease), the gums are infected by harmful bacteria that destroy the connective and supporting tissues around the teeth. If these patients are also lacking essential vitamins and nutrients the body needs for repair, the destruction happens at an advanced rate. In order to help reverse this situation and allow your body to heal itself, Atlanta Dental Spa may recommend that – in addition to your gum treatment – you take certain vitamins (called neutraceuticals) that are concocted to specifically promote the kind of healing and repair needed for the gums to recover from periodontal disease. Using neutraceuticals as part of your periodontal treatment, helps target the supporting structures of the mouth and teeth which assists you in healing from the inside-out.
At Atlanta Dental Spa, we offer a wide array of periodontal treatments and therapies. We customize treatment based on your specific health needs. One such periodontal treatment is the use of antibiotics in deep pockets. In order to ensure a healthy mouth as well as overall health, the gum tissue that encircles each tooth must be healthy and free from infection (by harmful bacteria). When this gum tissue becomes infected by harmful bacteria, the attachment of the gum tissue to the tooth gets destroyed. This results in a deep pocket around the tooth where even more harmful bacteria can grow and cause even more damage. If you have deep pockets around your teeth, periodontal antibiotics may be the best option for curing this infection. An Atlanta Dental Spa hygienist carefully and strategically places periodontal antibiotics (like minocycline, or Arestin) in your gum pockets. These antibiotics fix (glue) themselves to the tissue lining the pocket, and through time-release technology, release the antibiotic to kill the bacteria. These antibiotics are steadily released for 21 days to ensure destruction of all of the bacteria. Once the bacteria are eliminated, the inside of the deep pocket becomes a healthy environment — one in which your body can begin the healing process.