Posted on 8/20/2018 by Implant & Periodontal Associates NW
There are several treatment options for patients with gum disease. We not only want to clean your teeth and gums, so you can be healthy again, but we want to prevent the disease from returning. One of the options people with gum disease have, is medicated trays.
How Do Medicated Trays Work?
Medicated trays are custom made by taking an impression of the patient's teeth. These trays are generally used in conjunction with scaling or root planing to deliver the medication patients need to kill bacteria that are causing damage to their teeth and gums.
This treatment can be an ideal option for patients with periodontal disease caused by poor oral hygiene habits and those who have not kept their regular checkups for years. The patient will be advised to wear the trays with medication for a specific amount of time, once or twice a day. This is similar to a tooth whitening process and the trays mimic a mouth guard.
There have been cases where the follow-up appointment shows no bleeding when the gums are probed, and some patients see additional improvements months after, with adequate oral health habits. Others even show that gum recession has decreased.
Advantages of Medicated Trays
One of the most important advantages of the medicated trays is that they are easy to use for the patients. Another advantage is that with the excellent results, gum disease and more serious dental conditions can be kept under control with the direct delivery of medication to the gum tissue.
The medicated trays are able to reach deep within the pockets that contain harmful bacteria and plaque that cause gum disease. This option is much better than brushing, flossing or rinsing with mouthwashes.
Let us know if you're interested in more information about how medicated trays can help reduce gum disease.
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