Portions of the Case Study submissions for the Perio Protect Orkos Award Winners are shown below:
She Refuses Surgery. Now What?
When a patient comes to a dental office with a serious case of gum disease but refuses to see a periodontist or to accept any surgical intervention, what happens next? “You do your best,” says Dr. Caron Glickman. “After patients are diagnosed with gum disease, we create a treatment plan and thoroughly review homecare instructions. This case study patient was a real challenge because she risked losing more teeth despite excellent homecare.”
Confocal Microscope Video of bacterial activity post Perio Protect treatment
Patricia Lugo , DDS from Mayaguez, Peurto Rico, is the latest recipient of the Orkos Award for treating this "real world" 71-year-old patient who refused to accept the original suggested treatment plan.
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After Treatment 6 month visit
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Hygienist Val Hebert and Darren Webber, DMD from Smithfield, UT received the Orkos Award for their periodontal disease case that demonstrates how the Perio Protect Method® helped a patient of record who had struggled with the disease for years.
Getting to the Root of It: Treating Infected Dental Implants
Dr. Greg Sawyer of Los Gatos, CA received an Orkos Award for excellence in a case study report involving non-invasive treatment for an infected dental implant. This is the first award given for an implant case.
For people who have lost teeth due to disease or injury, dental implants offer a permanent tooth replacement option with an artificial “root” anchored to the jaw bone. Implants can help restore the appearance of your smile and make eating easier and more enjoyable. Dr. Sawyer placed an implant for a patient missing a tooth in August 2007. The crown for the implant was placed the following February but, by April 2009, the implant had become infected and the bone support around the implant was ailing with four implant threads affected. Read More
“Whatever you are doing, keep it up.”
Dr. Jill Wade and Donna Starford RDH of Stonebriar Smile Design in Frisco, Texas received the Orkos Award for professional excellence treating a patient at high risk for periodontal disease. The patient was referred to Dr. Wade by his endocrinologist who noted continually high inflammatory markers in his blood work. The endocrinologist and Dr. Wade had both studied the Bale/Doneen Method™, a science based approach to proactively identify and manage risk factors for heart attack, stroke and type 2 diabetes prevention. . . Read More
Conservative Treatment Helps Avoid Gum Surgery
Dr. Craig Buntemeyer and hygienists Selena Murtaugh and Candice DeHues of Tulsa, Oklahoma received the Orkos Award for successfully treating a patient with severe gum disease using minimally invasive dentistry. The patient had not seen a dentist for several years and . . . Read More
Helping Fearful Patients Accept Treatment
Seattle-based Dr. Jim Coleman and hygienists Karla Middendorf and Paula Kingsley received the Orkos Award for demonstrated excellence in a case study report involving a patient with advanced gum disease and significant fears regarding pain management. By introducing the patient to non-invasive technology, Dr. Coleman’s team helped him alleviate his fears and accept treatment. . . Read More
Protecting Extensive Crown and Bridge Work
Dr. Gregory Sopel received the Orkos Award for excellence in a case study treating a patient with diseased periodontal tissues surrounding extensive crown and bridge work. The margins on the porcelain fused to metal crowns were originally hidden subgingivally and over time the surrounding tissues became inflamed with corresponding heavy bleeding. The problems were magnified by the extent of the crown and bridge work stretching from ear to ear. . . Read More
100% Bleeding to 3% - Huge Improvement!
Hetal Patel White, RDH helped a patient with 100% bleeding and deep periodontal pockets achieve great results and maintain success using the Perio Protect system . . . Read More
Long-Term Success around Implant and Crowns
Hygienist Ann Delue started this patient on Perio Trays in 2010 to offer help for a patient who had deep pockets around some implants and crowns. . . Read More
Treating the Fearful
Hygienist Kim Stevens and Dr. Howard Schwadron are recognized with the Orkos Award for excellence in a case study treating a patient with severe periodontal disease and a fear of subgingival debridement. The patient’s condition was first documented by Kim Stevens, RDH in 1995 and detrimentally progressed over the years. From 1995 to 2007 the patient insisted that Dr. Schwardron treat her exclusively and repeatedly refused scaling and root planing (SRP), only consenting to topical scalings and polishing. . . Read More
Whatever it Takes to Save a Tooth
Dr. Gordon Wilson received the Orkos Award for a case study involving a patient with generalized early periodontitis and localized areas of moderate and severe periodontitis. The 54-year-old patient was referred to Dr. Wilson by his general dentist because the patient insisted on trying to save six of his teeth in jeopardy of extraction. . . Read More
Gum Surgery Avoided
Dr. Martin Schroeder received the Orkos Award for excellence in a case study treating a patient with severe periodontal disease. Before treatment, the patient had very deep pockets, measuring up to 9mm, with 69% of all sites bleeding upon probing. A prior dentist had referred him to a specialist who had recommended surgery. The patient sought a second opinion from Dr. Schroeder to learn if the Perio Protect Method might help him avoid surgery. . . Read More
Reducing 92% Deep Bleeding Pockets to 4%
RDH Mimi Myers and Dr. Jared Mosley in Fresno, CA received the Orkos Award for a case study involving a 35-year old patient who had avoided a dental office for 20 years. . . Read More
Strong Gag Reflex
Dr. Patricia Stoker received the Orkos Award for her work treating a patient with gum disease who also suffers from an extremely strong gag reflex and significant anxiety regarding dental treatment. The anxiety is serious enough that the routine task of taking a full mouth series of radiographs had to be broken up into several appointments. . . Read More
Reducing 100% Bleeding to 2%
Dr. Terry Deeter, RDH Amber Olsen-Rambur and RDH Shannon Davis share the Orkos Award for their case study documenting substantial reductions in bleeding on probing and pocket depths with minimally invasive dentistry. . . Read More
100% Deep and Bleeding to 1%
Dr. Aziza Askari’s patient came to her office wanting a new smile. The patient had not kept regular dental appointments in many years and requested treatment necessary to improve his health and to create a new smile. After discussing his health care options for his severely infected gums, he chose full periodontal treatment followed by tooth alignment, implants, veneers and crowns. . . Read More
96% Bleeding to 4%
Documentation from Dr. Stephen Gordon (Chicago, IL) indicates a significant reduction in bleeding on probing and pocket depths for his patient in this case study. The patient has a long history of gum care. In 1999 she had a gum graft surgery, followed by regular intervals (every 4 months) of periodontal maintenance visits to her periodontist. At her maintenance visit in August 2009, a second surgery was recommended. She wanted to avoid another surgery and sought a second option. . . Read More
New Hope When Conventional Therapy Failed
RDH Barbara Tritz and Dr. Caron Nelson Glickman from Duvall, WA received the Orkos Award for their case study demonstrating how bleeding on probing was effectively managed with prescription tray delivery of Perio Gel (1.7% hydrogen peroxide) and Vibramycin for a patient with profuse bleeding and pockets up to 6mm. . . Read More
Note: Keep returning to this site to see more Perio Protect research studies of real people in real dental offices. When Perio Protect announced this award we were swamped with the number of dentists who responded. These dentists want to share their patient results with everyone, so we will be updating this page in an ongoing effort to let their voices be heard and share the good news, that managing the bacteria that causes gum disease, or periodontal disease, in a non-invasive or minimally invasive manner (on a daily basis) IS POSSIBLE.