What is the Perio Protect Method®?
The Perio Protect Method® is a comprehensive treatment approach to help manage oral bacteria (biofilms) associated with periodontal disease (gingivitis and periodontitis). The basic idea behind the Method is to use a special sealed tray (Perio Tray®) at home between office visits to deliver antimicrobials below the gums. When hydrogen peroxide is delivered deep under the gums and held in place with this tray, oxygen is released to change the microbiological environment of the diseased area. The peroxide also helps dissolve the bacterial communities and cleanse the infected oral wounds that cause gum disease.
Dentists using the Method create an individualized treatment plan for each patient based on patient conditions. The Perio Tray is used in conjunction with mechanical debridement (e.g. scaling and root planing) and/or laser assisted removal of biofilms. Many doctors prescribe Perio Tray delivery in the first phase of treatment to help reduce the scope of invasive procedures which risk introducing bacteria into the blood stream. The frequency of treatment is determined by the doctor based on patient conditions. Duration of treatment is 10-15 minutes. If surgical treatment is necessary, the Tray can be used to maintain surgical gains; however, the overall goal is to help patients avoid surgery or repetitive invasive procedures whenever possible.
What does research tell us about the Perio Protect Method®?
Research shows that placing 1.7% hydrogen peroxide gel into the pockets via the prescription Perio Tray® reduces bacterial populations, decreases bleeding on probing, decreases C-Reactive Protein levels (a known marker of inflammation), and decreases periodontal pocket depths.
How much does the Perio Protect Method® cost?
Because the Perio Protect Method® is a comprehensive approach that may involve several different therapies, the cost will depend on individual patient needs. Please speak with your dentist about your specific condition and options.
Will my insurance cover Perio Trays®?
Insurance code D5994 should be used to document each tray prescribed. Please contact your benefits provider and your insurance company to ask if your policy covers D5994. As a prescription medical device used for the treatment of an oral disease, Perio Trays qualify for the pre-tax benefits of Health Savings Accounts for Flexible Spending Accounts.
What is Perio Protect, LLC?
Perio Protect, LLC is a company working to promote knowledge, understanding and treatments for oral biofilms responsible for periodontal infections causing gingivitis and periodontitis (gum disease). Perio Protect, LLC fulfills these purposes by sponsoring continuing education programs for the dental profession and research on integrated approaches for oral biofilm management.