As your Henderson, Nevada dental office we are excited to announce a new product. This product can help treat and prevent serious gum disease. The new product is called Perio Protect®. However, before telling you about this I want to go over why this product is so important.
WHAT DO THE NUMBERS MEAN ON YOUR DENTAL EXAM?
Your dentist or hygienist checks your gums with a periodontal probe. They measure the gap between the pocket of your gum and the tooth. The gap is measured in millimeters. The probe is placed at the bottom of the pocket where the tissue is connected to the root of the tooth and thus, measures the gap.
Simply put, the lower the number is the healthier your gums are. The reason: when a tooth has signs of gum disease the tissue begins to detach from the tooth. This creates a deeper gap, hence a higher number. Healthy gums usually measure between 1-3 mm. However, gums that measure from 4 mm or higher have various stages of disease. If you have any 4’s or higher, this means you have some gum disease that needs attention.
STAGES OF GUM DISEASE
Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease. It causes the gums to become red, swollen, and bleed easily. There is usually little or no discomfort at this stage. Gingivitis is often caused by inadequate oral hygiene.
Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontal disease. Consequently, the gum tissue pulls further away from the teeth. Bacteria can then more easily destroy the underlying bone that supports the teeth. Eventually, teeth can become loose and may have to be removed. Gingivitis is reversible with professional treatment and good oral home care, whereas periodontal disease requires more advanced professional treatment.
Diseases in your body
An infection of your gums can spread to other parts of your body. Gum disease is now being linked to heart disease, certain cancers, Alzheimer’s disease and other circulatory system issues. Therefore it is important we catch gum disease early.
TREATMENTS FOR GUM DISEASE
- Professional dental cleaning,
- Dental restoration, if needed.
- Ongoing care.
Periodontal Disease (non-surgical)
- Root planing
Periodontal Disease (Surgical) Advanced periodontal disease may require surgical treatment.
- Flap surgery (pocket reduction surgery).
- Soft tissue grafts.
- Bone grafting.
- Guided tissue regeneration.
- Tissue-stimulating proteins.
In summary, the health of your gums is important for your overall health. Firstly, you need healthy gums to support your teeth. Secondly, disease of your gums can contribute to other diseases in your body. Advance stages of gum disease cause irreversible damage. Therefore, if you have any numbers on your dental exam of 4 or above, find out from your dentist what you can do to improve the health of your gums.
THE GOOD NEWS!
Treat your gums nicely.
We are very excited to tell you about a new product to help us fight gum disease. It is called Perio Protect®. Perio Protect is minimally invasive. It is a highly effective method of treating gum disease. We prescribe it but you do the treatment at home. First, we make an impression of your mouth. Then the impression is used to make a special prescription tray for you. The trays are designed with a patented seal to place and hold medication where it is most effective – at the site of infection deep below the gum line. A low concentration of hydrogen peroxide gently and thoroughly cleanses the periodontal pockets. This combats bacteria, whitens your teeth and refreshes your breath.
The Perio Trays can reduce the need for surgery. It can be a potent compliment to traditional treatment methods, helping to ensure a more successful outcome.
We now have this new product available in our office here at Christensen Dental. We can give you a personal demonstration of what it is and how it works. Your health is important to us!
Dr. Tyler Christensen, DDS