1164 Initial Study of the Perio ProtectTM Treatment for Periodontal Disease
L.E. WENTZ1, A.M. BLAKE1, D.C. KELLER2, and B.J. SINDELAR2, 1Ohio University, Athens, USA, 2Keller Professional Group PC, St. Louis, MO, USA

A new treatment regimen, Perio Protect MethodTM, is being used to treat all stages of periodontal disease. While subjective clinical response has been positive, no studies have systematically examined this method that uses prescription trays to direct medications into the gingival sulcus. Objective: To evaluate outcomes of the Perio Protect MethodTM. Methods: A retrospective analysis compared pre-treatment and six months post-treatment records for 11 patients with periodontal disease and 2 with gingivitis (56.2±10.1 years; 8 females, 3 males; 5 smokers =39%). Sequential subjects with at least one molar in all quadrants and no standard periodontal treatment for 6 months pre-study were chosen to complete 6 months of the Perio ProtectTM program. Disease severity was assessed by probing pocket depth (PPD) and bleeding and established treatment frequency and duration. Teeth exhibiting the worst symptoms of periodontal disease (PPD=5.7±1.8; range= 4-9) and those with the least evidence of disease (PPD=1) were considered in the subsequent analysis. Data was analyzed using paired t-tests. Results: Nine patients exhibited bleeding pre-treatment (20.7±14.0 sites). A significant decrease occurred post-treatment with only three patients exhibiting bleeding (2.7±4.4 sites; p=0.002). No patients developed any new bleeding sites post-treatment. A significant change in PPD occurred in the most severely diseased teeth with post-treatment PPD of 3.0±2.1 (p<0.0001). The percentage of closed pockets (PPD≤3 mm) in this group post-treatment was 70.8%. All teeth in the least severe range stayed within the normal range post-treatment (PPD≤3 mm). Conclusions: Treatment outcomes indicate the Perio Protect MethodTM is effective in treating periodontal disease. Further studies are necessary to examine its effect on different patient populations over longer treatment times and to compare it to gold standard treatments.

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