Perio Protect Trays: A Non-Surgical Approach to Gum Disease

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Smiles in Buckhead is proud to announce that we have become certified providers of Perio Protect, a non-surgical way to treat gum disease.

Although millions of Americans have been diagnosed with gingivitis or periodontitis, up until recently, there was no long-term, minimally invasive, non-surgical gum disease treatment. For decades, the cleaning of root surfaces (called scaling and root planing) has been done in combination with antibiotics. This approach is often uncomfortable and temporary, typically repeated every 3 months. Surgery is reserved for advanced gum disease. The surgical procedures can be painful and also require on-going maintenance therapy scheduled as frequently as every 6 weeks.  If these methods worked well, 47% of Americans would not have chronic periodontal disease and require repeated treatments.  The Perio Tray was developed to supplement and improve periodontal treatments.

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Many people are unaware that they suffer from gum disease as it is rarely painful.  Common symptoms of gum disease are:

  • Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  • Receding gums, making teeth appear longer
  • Obvious plaque, tartar, or calculus
  • Spaces developing between the teeth
  • Swollen, red, or tender gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Loose or mobile teeth
  • An unpleasant odor

The prescription Perio Tray is customized for individual patients with an internal seal that helps place medication deep below the gums so that the medication can fight the infectious bacteria. This is important because brushing, rinsing, and flossing just can’t reach below the gums to manage the bacteria that cause the disease. Gum disease cannot be cured, but it must be managed well or the bacteria will recolonize and continue the disease cycle. The Perio Tray was created to get medication deep beneath the gums and hold it there long enough to fight the bacterial communities (called biofilms). These trays are very easy to use and are used just 10-15 minutes a day.  The daily application of medication allows for more effective disease management.

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The results of wearing these trays are remarkable.  Patients see reattachment of the gum tissue, the cessation of bone loss, fresher breath and whiter teeth.  Even patients without periodontal disease use them just for the benefit of fresher breath and whiter teeth due to their apt management of oral bacteria.

To learn more about the trays, you can visit the Perio Protect website at:

Give us a call at 404-261-6794 to get more information on Perio Protect and to schedule your appointment today!

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