Research Article
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Managing Peri-Implantitis and Peri-Mucositis with Direct Medication Delivery
Duane Keller*, Marissa Buechel, Jeffrey Goldstein, Greg Sawyer, Tanya Dunlap
Keller Professional Group PC, Perio Protect LLC, Bayless Avenue, St. Louis, MO, USA.
Corresponding author: Duane Keller, Keller Professional Group PC, Perio Protect LLC, Bayless Avenue, St. Louis, MO, USA. Email:
Citation: Duane Keller et al(2017). Managing Peri-Implantitis and Peri-Mucositis with Direct Medication Delivery. Int J Dent & Oral Heal. 3:10,103-116
Copyright: © Duane Keller et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited
Received Date: 25 November 2017;   Accepted Date:  05 December 2017;  Published Date:  30 December 2017


Periodontal disease and Peri-implantitis/perimucositis are a host inflammatory response to the biofilm in the gingival sulcus or periodontal pocket. Some patients with a propensity for gum disease may not respond to mechanical treatments like scaling / root planing and surgery as the treatments leave the bacteria that caused the disease in the gingival tissue, on the surface of the roots of the tooth or implant. Mechanical treatments may foster biofilm regeneration, introduce the bacteria, toxins and host inflammatory products into the systemic circulation resulting in an increased incidence of bacteria. This three part study demonstrates effective biofilm control using a direct medication delivery method by three different practitioners for three different patients.
Direct medication delivery uses hydrogen peroxide gel (Perio Gel) and a sub-clinical dose of doxycycline (Vibramycin, Pfizer) delivered subgingival and inter-proximal using custom formed medical devices (Perio Tray [Perio Protect LLC St. Louis, MO.]) Hydrogen peroxide forms oxygen that approaches hyperbaric oxygen concentration when generated within the Perio Tray. The method is used in accordance with the patient’s conditions and the treatments are modified as healing occurred. Direct medication is used first to control the biofilm and debride the wound and mechanical means to remove biofilm deposits are used where needed. Three cases are presented to demonstrate efficacy, bacterial changes and clinical and radiographic improvements with treatment.
Results: Use of direct medication delivery demonstrates a resolution of Peri-implantitis/mucositis and periodontal disease with decreased pocket probing depth and bleeding upon probing. A pre-treatment salivary DNA analysis shows a pathogenic biofilm constituency compared to a post-treatment salivary analysis showing a less virulent population. Implants with bone loss are shown to increase threads coverage with direct medication delivery through the formation of bone. Pathogen specific DNA analysis before, during and after treatment demonstrate a significant decrease in the virulence and the number of bacteria demonstrating an ability to modify the cause of disease and maintain this management over time.
Conclusion: Direct medication delivery of hydrogen peroxide gel and doxycycline using custom formed medical devices are effective in treating periodontal disease, Peri-implantitis and perimucositis. Direct medication delivery demonstrates a significant modification in the biofilm by decreasing the number and virulence of bacteria, improving tissue responses and decreasing pocket probing depth and bleeding upon probing. An implant suffering bone loss is treated by direct medication delivery and the bone loss is reversed as exposed implant threads are shown with radiographs to be supported by an increased amount of bone.

Keywords:    Biofilm, Peri-Implantitis / Perimucositis, Direct Medication Delivery, Perio Protect Method, Perio Tray, Perio Gel, Bone Reformation


Treatment of periodontal disease is important as the World Health Organization Report of 2003 and 2006 shows between 85 to 90% of people world-wide have some form of periodontal disease1 . The American Academy of Period-ontology, when citing a Center for Disease Control study, state that almost 50% of Americans have moderate to severe periodontal disease which increases with age2. The bacteria responsible for periodontal disease are part of the cause of Peri-implantitis and perimucositis3, and effectively treating the cause of periodontal disease, Peri-implantitis and peri mucositis is important4. These same bacteria are also related to systemic disease, such as cardiovascular disease5, pregnancy complications6, arthritis7,8, Alzheimer’s disease9 and other systemic inflammatory dysfunctions10. The biofilm control for peri-implant disease has emerged as an ever increasing problem as the number of implants to replace missing teeth has increased and the prevalence of perimucositis was evident in 80% of the subjects and in 50% of the implants11. Other authors reported Peri-implantitis existed in 28% to 56% of the patients involving 12% to 48% of the implants12.

Successful biofilm control for periodontal disease and perimucositis/ Peri-implantitis disease must coincide with guidelines for similar chronic inflammatory wounds. Wound Care Guidelines by the Wound Healing Society13 delineate specific steps for the medical community in wound management. The steps include; diagnosis, infection control, wound bed preparation, wound care management, long-term management and prevention. These same steps in medical treatment are applied for both acute and chronic wounds in dental treatments with direct medication delivery when used for periodontal disease, Peri-implantitis and perimucositis. Wounds are usually classified as either acute or chronic. Acute wounds are predominantly caused by plank tonic bacteria and can be treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics are less effective against chronic wounds. Most chronic wounds like periodontal disease are caused by micro-organisms that live in a biofilm and the nature of the biofilm makes it more difficult to manage when compared to plank tonic bacteria14 . Antimicrobial wound management involving biofilm control requires the ability of the medicament to penetrate the biofilm matrix with sufficient effectiveness to modify the micro environment in order to alter the biofilm. The biofilm is seldom completely eradicated during treatment and the biofilm continues to regrow, resulting in a need for medication reapplication15.

Medical wound care guidelines for biofilm infections recommend the use of topically applied antimicrobials in place of antibiotics prior to wound debridement16. Hydrogen peroxide gel is an antimicrobial wound debridement agent that follows medical guidelines in chronic wound management as it begins the infection control and debridement when delivered with a direct medication method. The ability to reapply the medication through direct medication delivery is an infection control mechanism that can be part of treatment as well as long-term wound management. Long-term care involving directed medications into an infected region on a prescribed basis can be part of a prevention system if the medications address the cause of disease and promote health and healing. The biofilm invasion and persistence in the gingival tissue results in a chronic inflammation related to host risk factors as components of pathogenicity17. Treating the subgingival biofilm reduces host responses in both periodontal disease18 and implant infections19. Research shows a comparison of host responses involved evaluating bacteria associated with Peri-implantitis compared with periodontists pathogens. The biofilm in Peri-implantitis is more complex than periodontists as the primary bacteria are Gram-negative obligate anaerobes, but Peri-implantitis demonstrates a differing prevalence to periodontitis20. Other researchers find higher levels of periodontal pathogenic bacteria comparing Peri-implantitis patients with healthy stable implants21. These pathogens colonize the sub-gingival crevice soon after implant placement22,23, as the biofilm community becomes organized resulting in inflammation of the supporting bone and related tissue injury.

Current methods of treatment and prevention involve individual oral hygiene instructions and professional mechanical plaque (biofilm) removal along with behavioral interventions to decrease risk factors and augment periodontal prevention24. Problems are reported for methods using mechanical removal of plaque and biofilm components25. Mechanical treatments show a significant decrease in the initial number of biofilm members, but biofilms regrow to exceed pre-treatment levels within 2 to 7 days on natural and denture teeth26,27.

Complications exist for other treatments focusing on the control of infection on implants that involve the detoxification of the implant surface and regeneration of the alveolar bone as a means to control the disease and host response28. Surgical treatment of Peri-implantitis at six months show most sites continued to have bleeding on probing and/or suppuration, leading the authors to recommend better long-term maintenance options29. Bacteria. occurs with mechanical interventions such as scaling and root planing and/ or surgery through an increased incidence of bacteria, bacterial toxins or host inflammatory products becoming systemically dispersed30,31. Systemic as well as local inflammatory problems exist with mechanical biofilm removal.

Mechanical intervention such as scaling and root planing (S&RP) leave the same biofilm agents in the subgingival region following treatment that are present prior to S&RP 32. It is only a matter of time before the bacteria regenerate as investigations demonstrate mechanical debridement causes a three to four fold increase in biofilm reproduction33. Any increase in biofilm regeneration is detrimental to wound healing34. Home care may not be able to reach subgingival biofilms around many implants35 and home care can be a contributing factor to bacteremia36. The remaining bacteria regrow and research shows the subgingival biofilm recolonization is extremely diverse37.

In attempting to manage the biofilm regeneration, adjunctive peri-implant therapies, such as antibiotics, antiseptics, and ultrasonic and laser treatments, are proposed to improve the treatment options of peri-implant mucositis and Peri-implantitis However, evidence suggests these methods may not be sufficient and results may be similar to conventional debridement38,39,40,41. Comparing results of open flap debridement of Peri-implantitis with and without adjunctive systemic antibiotics demonstrates there is no significant difference in benefits with using the antibiotics 42. The criteria for success in this cited study was also pocket probing depths up to 5mm which provides an environment where facilitative and obligate anaerobes may become the predominant species43,44 .

Reports of sub-mucosal debridement accomplished by utilizing either an ultrasonic device or carbon fiber curettes demonstrate these are not sufficient for the decontamination of the surfaces of implants with peri-implant pockets ≥ 5 mm and exposed implant threads45. Application of topical antiseptics like 2% Chlorhexidine results in changes in the topical biofilm46 and Chlorhexidine may adversely affect the host inflammatory response. Chlorhexidine causes an increase in inflammatory chemokines and cytokines and inhibits gingival fibroblast activity47. Chlorhexidine increases poor cellular morphology, increases the reactive oxygen species per unit area and greatly diminishes the number and vitality of osteoblasts in a concentration-dependent manner48.

Research on the use of lasers shows the efficacy of Er: YAG laser appears to be limited to a six month period and the treatment with Er:YAG laser may not be adequate for stable long-term therapeutic measures49. Research of conventional nonsurgical therapy even with the use of adjunctive systemic and local antibiotic are minimally effective and surgical intervention fails to demonstrate re-osseous integration50. Conventional treatments are not able to manage the biofilm cause of Peri-implantits in correcting the defects around implants51. Lasers are not recommended for the treatment of Peri-implantitis due to alterations in the implant surface, such as pitting, material cracking or melting.52,53

In light of these problems in treating periodontal disease, Peri-implantitis and perimucositis infections, a direct medication deliver system (Perio Protect Method, St. Louis, MO) is used to evaluate the management of the causative agents and host responses around implants and teeth. Research demonstrates that the direct medication delivery system (Perio Protect Method) using custom formed medical devices (Perio Tray) to deliver hydrogen peroxide gel (1.7%) [Perio Gel], with or without doxycycline, modifies the micro-environment of the gingival sulcus and tissues around teeth resulting in decreased tissue inflammation, decreased pocket depth and diminished bleeding upon probing52. Prior studies on natural teeth using medications delivered by this subgingival deliver method increased the oxygen saturation to 5.7 X which is comparable to hyperbaric oxygen and the medicaments are delivered up to 9mm subgingival and are maintained for over 15 minutes53.Research using a live/dead dye demonstrated that virtually 100%of the surface biofilm bacteria were eradicated in 10 minutes. Other studies of this method demonstrated 98% to 100% of The biofilm micro-organisms were eradicated by using the hydrogen-peroxide gel when applied and subsequently reapplied directly to the biofilm54. The delivery, maintenance and ability to reapply medications that manage the biofilm enables a better control of the etiology of infection.

The direct medicine delivery device (Perio Tray) through the formation of oxygen under pressure (hyperbaric oxygen) facilitates wound healing through a number of positive healing processes such as angiogenesis, fibroblast proliferation, leukocyte oxidative killing, toxin inhibition and antibiotic synergy55. Hyperbaric oxygen increases fibroblastic proliferation and leads to increased neovascularization56. Hyperbaric oxygen reverses vasoconstrictive hypoxia and reduces tissue edema and tissue swelling 57. Oxygen is vital for hydroxylation of lysine and proline as part of collagen synthesis for improved cross linking increasing the collagen strength required for strong wound healing58. Wound healing with hyperbaric oxygen demonstrates significant improved healing rates in 87% of patients when dealing with non-traumatic wounds59, and hyperbaric oxygen is an instrumental aspect of non-healing wound care with the medical profession60,61.

Delivery of hydrogen peroxide and doxycycline has been shown to inhibit osteoclasts through hyperbaric oxygen generation62 and doxycycline augments osteoblastic activity63. This helps explain how direct medication delivery of hyperbaric oxygen and doxycycline to the periodontal pocket has resulted in decreased bone loss and increased bone apposition around natural teeth64. Direct medication delivery demonstrates the ability to manage the biofilm responsible for causing periodontal disease65,66, and results in improved patient conditions67 around natural teeth. These dentition based studies found changes from a community of predominant virulent microorganisms to a post-treatment community of a less virulent population and the number of bacteria decreased by a - log2-4. Since there is a correlation between the etiology of periodontal disease and Peri-implantitis / perimucositis, the method effective around natural teeth is used in this study to evaluate efficacy around implants.

Method and Protocol :

Direct medication delivery (Perio Protect Method) delivers hydrogen peroxide (Perio Gel 1.7%) used with or without doxycycline into the gingival sulcus or periodontal pocket and the frequency of treatment is determined by the patient’s conditions (pocket probing depth and bleeding indices). The severity of the patient’s disease at the onset of treatment determines the initial frequency of treatment. The direct medication delivery method advocates wearing the trays for 15 minutes 1-4 times / day so the medications (hydrogen peroxide, hyperbaric oxygen and Vibramycin [doxycycline [Pfizer] 50 mg/5ml]) can control or modify the biofilm etiology of disease. The treatment progress is determined by the patient pocket probing depth changes and changes in the bleeding indicies. Treatments are modified in accordance with improvements in the pocket probing depths and bleeding indices (Figure 1).

The Perio Tray serves to increase the oxygen saturation within the tray to 5.7 X atmospheres55. The formation of oxygen under pressure (hyperbaric oxygen) facilitates wound healing through angiogenesis, fibroblast proliferation, leukocyte oxidative killing, toxin inhibition and antibiotic synergy58. New vascularization was increased as vasocontrictive hypoxia was reversed and tissue edema was decreased. Hyperbaric oxygen increases the collagen strength required for strong wound healing68. Use of the Tray prior to mechanical intervention facilitates biofilm management through decreasing the number and virulence of the bacteria decreasing the probability of bacteria.

Direct Medication Delivery Protocol

Figure 1: The time and frequency of treatments with direct medication delivery are determined by the patient’s conditions. The patient’s initial pocket probing depths are recorded and the most severe conditions determine the frequency of treatment in accordance with the guidelines provided. The treatments are modified as healing occurs and patient’s conditions improve. Long-term maintenance is advocated in accordance with the initial patient conditions to prevent reoccurrence of the disease and improved host response.

The action of hydrogen peroxide modifies the calculus, facilitating removal69. Adjunctive treatments are part of the direct medication delivery method that may include scaling and root planing to remove subgingival calculus and tarter and laser or conventional surgery where conditions warrant, such as the presence of granulomatous tissue. The trays may be worn prior to invasive therapy to control the biofilm before mechanical interventions causes a local inflammatory response or systemic bacteria. The trays are worn as part of the long-term maintenance after active treatment to provide a micro-environment that controls the pathogens, decreases re-occurrence and augments tissue recovery.

Three cases illustrate the treatment efficacy through, biofilm modifications, radiographic and tissue improvements. The first patient with advanced periodontal disease had received conventional treatments including scaling and root planing, antibiotic therapy, topical antiseptic rinses, surgery and other conventional means in an attempt to control the infection. The treatments were unsuccessful and three teeth in the patient’s upper right quadrant were extracted and replaced with implants in 2007.

Routine maintenance and home care were implemented to assist the patient in controlling the oral conditions. By 2014 there were 4 to 7mm pockets around the implants with bleeding upon probing and moderate subgingival calculus. Conventional surgical treatments were discussed, but the patient refused more surgery, so other options were proposed. The patient chose to use the Perio Protect Method through direct medication delivery using prescription trays (Perio Tray). Impressions were completed and the custom medical devices were fabricated and treatments were implemented in accordance with the Perio Protect Protocol. (Figure 2)

Figure 2: The patient’s periodontal probing in 2014 followed conventional treatments included conventional surgery, scaling and root planing. These findings are indicative of periodontal disease that is unabated by conventional periodontal treatments. The recordings around the implants and the teeth are evidence of an ongoing infection and this damage determines the frequency and duration of treatment with the Perio Protect Method. The initial treatment was four times a day for 15 minutes with just hydrogen peroxide (Perio Gel) 1.7%.

A salivary diagnostic test was completed (figure 3) prior to treatment to evaluate the bacteria present in the subgingival areas. The DNA saliva analysis showed a presence of bacterial biofilm associated with advancing periodontal disease70. This analysis was used to compare results with a post-treatment analysis to determine treatment efficacy. Perio Trays were placed in August 2014 in accordance with the pocket probing depth and the bleeding index. The tray usage was four times per day for a time of 15 minutes per application.

Figure 3: An analysis of the bacteria present in the patient’s saliva in 2014 was determined using the MyPerio Path® Test – Oral DNA labs. This system uses a salivary sample to help determine the presence or absence of 11 oral bacteria which are often associated with periodontal and systemic diseases. This sampling found 8 of the 11 bacteria were present and 7 of the 8 were found at concentrations that generally involved an increased risk for periodontal disease and bone loss.

The initial frequency of Perio Tray usage in August 2014 was 4 times a day as determined by the patient’s initial pocket probing depths. After a few weeks additional treatments were added including four rounds of periodontal debridement, subgingival irrigations between September and November 2014. A re-evaluation visit on December 2014 (figure 4) demonstrated a significant decrease in bleeding upon probing and the pocket probing depths decreased where the deepest pocket measured 4mm. This patient continued to use the direct medication delivery system as a part of the maintenance regimen.

Figure 4 : The pocket probing of 2015 shows the results of using the Perio Protect Method 4 times a day with four quadrants of scaling and root planing. Pocket depths decreased, demonstrating a change in both the pocket probing depth and the bleeding upon probing in response to the direct medication delivery. The frequency of usage was modified as healing occurred. The treatments were reduced to three times a day and finally to twice a day. The patient then used the direct medication delivery method as a part of the long-term homecare and maintenance program to prevent reoccurrence.

Use of a direct medication delivery method (Perio Protect Method) shows significant improvements and disease management. Figure 5 documents an initial DNA analysis (Oral DNA) of bacteria present before direct medication delivery and after scaling and direct medication delivery. The bacteria comprising the predominant species before treatment are not the same bacteria found after scaling and direct medication delivery. Eight of the eleven bacterial species present before treatment are not discovered post-treatment. Three bacterial species remain, but only one of these is found at a clinically sufficient concentration. These changes demonstrate a change in the species present before and after treatment and also demonstrate a reduction in the number of bacteria related to the direct medication delivery. Use of the direct medication method prior to mechanical or invasive techniques may decrease the possibility of bacteria. from the mechanical treatments as fewer bacteria are present and thus available for systemic introduction.

Figure 5: The initial bacteria present in the saliva in 2014 are evident in the first report. The bacteria found in the saliva after scaling and direct medication delivery in 2015 demonstrate that five of the eight bacterial species present in the pre-treatment test are completely eliminated including T. forsythia and a 90% decrease in Td. This demonstrates a significant reduction in both the type of virulent bacteria and the number of bacteria.

The salivary DNA analysis demonstrated a significant change in the biofilm constituency. The change in the bacteria relate to the host improvements as pocket probing depth and bleeding upon probing decrease. Figure 6 demonstrates the before and after pocket probing depth and bleeding indices around the maxillary teeth and implants after scaling and direct medication usage as the cause of disease/infection is managed. The frequency of treatments is modified as the patient’s conditions improve until the direct medication delivery is part of the long-term maintenance program.

Figure 6: The patient’s maxillary conditions (pocket probing depth and bleeding upon probing) before treatment are compared to the after treatment results on the right. Changes in the type and number of bacteria are found to correspond with the patient’s inflammatory improvements. The frequency of custom tray usage is modified as healing occurs. Bleeding upon probing and pocket depths are decreased by direct medication delivery of hydrogen peroxide (Perio Gel 1.7%) and Vibramycin.

The second case evaluates radiographs taken at the time of implant placement, after the development of Peri-implantitis and after treatments with direct medication delivery. The implant was placed in 2007 (Figure 7). The implant placement was done without problems and tissues at this time were normal without any sign of infection. The implant was positioned so all of the threads of the implant engaged alveolar bone.

Figure 7: The post-implant placement radiograph demonstrated the conditions at the time the implant was placed. The implant and healing cap were placed so all of the implant threads engaged bone in August 2007.

The healing cap was removed and the analog and crown were place in February 2008. The patient returned for a re-evaluation appointment due to swelling, bleeding and pain around the implant by April 2009. During the clinical examination a purulent exudate was discovered and a diagnosis of Peri-implantitis was determined. Systemic antibiotics were administered as well as several office visits for mechanical debridement, and local irrigation to cleanse the area around the implant. The tissues remained infected, tender and swollen and the bone support around the implant became compromised as four threads were exposed above the alveolar crest. (Figure 8).

Figure 8: By April 2009 the patient was aware of an infection with swelling and pain and clinically there was a periodontal pocket and bleeding upon probing. During the clinical examination a purulent exudate was discovered. Systemic antibiotics were administered as well as several office visits to irrigate and cleanse the area around the implant. Mechanical treatments were used, but the infection and defect remained. The implant was compromised as four threads of the implant were exposed.

Perio Trays were delivered June 16, 2009. The patient’s tissue conditions began to improve within a few days. There was no longer a purulent exudate and the pocket depth decreased as did the bleeding upon probing. After the treatment phase, the patient used the direct medication delivery as part of the long-term maintenance program using Perio Gel (1.7% hydrogen peroxide gel) and local delivery of Vibramycin syrup. The Vibramycin was placed in the Perio Tray and worn for the prescribed treatment time as per the doctor’s instructions.
Subsequent radiographs taken in May of 2012 (Figure 9) indicated reformed bone where two of the four treads were covered by new bone and two of the four threads remained above the alveolar crest. This indicated there is a decreased bone loss and an augmentation of bone regeneration. Clinical evaluation in July 2013 demonstrated there was no Peri-implantitis or perimucositis as the implant was stable for four years as the patient maintained the health of the tissue with direct medication delivery.

Figure 9: Perio Trays were delivered June 16, 2009. This radiograph was taken in May of 2012 demonstrating that two threads of the implant were above the alveolar bone as compared to four threads that were unsupported prior to the Perio Protect treatment. Comparing Figure 8 with this figure demonstrates new bone is evident as the number of threads covered by bone is increased and the number of threads uncovered is decreased.

The direct medication delivery method modifies the biofilm components as determined by changes in the type and number of bacteria present in the biofilm. The third example involves pre-treatment DNA analysis around a tooth scheduled for implant placement, following implant placement and following restoration of the implant. The initial DNA analysis was completed for tooth #14 prior to removal and replacement with an implant. Figure 10 shows the type and frequency of bacteria through a DNA analysis that were gathered by negative pressure55 around tooth # 14. The DNA analysis showed the biofilm composition prior to treatment for any bacteria comprising at least 2% of the total number of bacteria (1.18 X 105).

Figure 10: The sample of the biofilm was collected with a negative pressure method from the sulcus around tooth # 14. that had internal resorption. Following tooth removal and prior to implant placement the sulcus and alveolar bone were allowed to heal for six months as the patient wore the Perio Tray once a day. The implant was placed subgingival along with a sinus lift surgery which remained covered for another six months as the patient used the Perio Protect Method once a day.. The bacteria present are those that comprise 2% of the population. The total number of the bacteria is 1.18 X 105.

A custom formed tray was fabricated in accordance with the patient’s conditions. The medical delivery device was used to control the biofilm prior to implant placement. The tooth was removed and the patient wore the custom-formed medical device (Perio Tray) once a day during the healing process using both hydrogen peroxide (Perio Gel) and Vibramycin. After six months the implant was placed subgingival and remained in place for six months as the patient continued wearing the Tray once a day with the same medicament protocol. A healing cap was placed on the implant for three months.

A new custom-formed medical device (Perio Tray) was fabricated for the implant and healing cap. After the placement of the healing cap the maxillary Perio Tray was worn using both Vibramycin and the Perio Gel (hydrogen peroxide 1.7%). Subsequent DNA cultures were taken by the negative pressure method as described (Keller and Buechel). There was a dramatic decrease in both the number and characteristics of the biofilm from the pre-treatment analysis. Figure 11 demonstrates an insufficient number of bacteria to be registered in any of the three samples. This demonstrates a significant reduction in both the type and the number of bacteria around the implant and healing cap following tray usage.

Figure 11: DNA cultures were collected and submitted three times to determine the scope and magnitude of the biofilm around the implant and healing cap. All three cultures had insufficient bacteria for an adequate DNA analysis. These results demonstrate a negative (-) log4-5 reduction in the number of bacteria around the implant following the direct medication delivery of hydrogen peroxide and Vibramycin to this region.

An analog and crown were placed over the implant. A new Tray was fabricated for the modified oral conditions. The seal around the implant directed the medications subgingival and inter-proximal and a sample was taken at two months for DNA bacterial analysis around the crown and implant. The numbers of bacteria around the implant were evaluated and there was a log 1-3 number of bacteria comprising the biofilm. This equates to an overall reduction from the initial culture of a –log 2-4 change in the number of bacteria. The predominant species before treatment was not the same predominant species found after treatment.

Figure 12: Following the placement of the analog and crown, the biofilm was re-evaluated and found at a log 101-3 order. The overall reduction in the number of bacteria was a - log 2-4 and the predominant species before treatment was not the same as the predominant species after treatment.

Results :

Direct medication delivery reduced pocket probing depths and bleeding upon probing around implants. Salivary analysis of the biofilm following direct medication delivery demonstrated a significant alteration in both the type and the number of bacteria in the biofilm. Radiographic evidence of Peri-implantitis bone loss was first halted and then reversed with direct medication delivery of hydrogen peroxide and doxycycline as new bone was evident as threads once exposed were re-supported by newly formed bone. Tissue conditions appeared to improve as the biofilm population was modified. Bacterial DNA analysis showed the type and number of bacteria were changed during direct medication treatment. The predominant species before therapy was not the same as the post-treatment predominant species. The sample present before treatment was more numerous and appeared to be more virulent than the decreased number and type of post treatment species. This change in the biofilm appeared to relate to the improved patient conditions of decreased pocket probing depth and decreased bleeding upon probing. The only adverse side effect was the teeth were whitened by the hydrogen peroxide.


Direct medication delivery guides medications to the source of periodontal disease, Peri-implantitis and perimucositis. The medications cause a change in the subgingival biofilm. A DNA analysis of the biofilm demonstrates a significant population of bacteria prior to prescription tray usage (1.18 X 105 ). Following treatment with direct medication delivery there is a net reduction of a –log2-4 in the number of bacteria. The before treatment predominant species is not the same as the after treatment predominant species. Direct medication delivery results in reducing the presence of virulent bacteria which are replaced by less virulent bacteria.

Direct medication delivery to teeth and implants provides benefits that assist conventional treatments like scaling and root planing, laser surgery and topical antimicrobial rinses. Direct medication delivery helps in wound debridement through disruption of the biofilm. Wound healing is improved by the medicinal effect of hydrogen peroxide and hyperbaric oxygen. The decreased number and type of bacteria may decrease the incidence of bacteria. as more virulent bacteria are replaced by less virulent bacteria. This also helps explain local healing as pocket depths and bleeding upon probing decrease around implants and teeth with direct medication delivery. Bone loss is halted and new bone is evident as threads that were once exposed are recovered by new bone around an implant with Peri-implantitis This is due to the osteogenic activity of the medications delivered into the periodontal pocket.

Direct medication application is widely applicable due to the incidence of periodontal disease and Peri-implantitis throughout the world. Combining direct medication delivery with conventional methods may help control the etiology of disease and reinfection through both a treatment program and maintenance and prevention program. This article demonstrates the effectiveness of direct medication delivery for implants and for natural teeth used in combination with conventional methods. There are no ethical concerns found with this method except the side effect of whitening teeth.


Periodontal disease, Peri-implantitis and perimucositis are worldwide problems that may be helped by direct medication delivery using custom formed medical devices to deliver doctor selected medications subgingival and inter-proximal to control the etiology of disease. This article demonstrates that for three patients there was a positive response to direct medication delivery of hydrogen peroxide gel and doxycycline syrup to the periodontal pocket around teeth and implants. The custom formed trays hold the medications in place and the medications provide multiple therapeutic benefits, such as providing hyperbaric oxygen, enabling anti-inflammatory benefits and helping to control microorganisms. Managing the bacteria in periodontal pockets and around implants reduces the type and number of bacteria. Reducing the virulence and number of bacteria may provide positive results by decreasing bacteria present for systemic bacteria.

Direct medication delivery is an easy and simple means whereby the doctor can assist the patient in biofilm control. Direct medication delivery also provides distinct advantages when used with conventional mechanical treatments through managing the causes of disease. This is exemplified by the decreased pocket depth, decreased bleeding upon probing and healing that occurred for the cases shown. Direct medication delivery provides materials like doxycycline to the periodontal pocket that assist in osteogenic control as illustrated by the bone regeneration in response to therapy.

The bacteria as determined by DNA analysis show changes in the biofilm constituency as the predominant species at the onset of treatment are not the same as the bacteria found at the end of treatment. Controlling the biofilm species and number of bacteria results in improvements in the host inflammatory conditions around infected implants and teeth where pocket probing depth and bleeding upon probing are managed. Decreasing the bacterial population and virulence provides advantages in health for the patient. Direct medication delivery can be utilized both as a treatment method and long-term management and prevention technique. This study has a limited population and opinions reached must take this limitation into consideration. A larger study over a greater period of time needs to be completed for additional proof of efficacy. This article demonstrates specifics of treatments that the individual health care provider will need to consider when determining the optimum ways to address a chronic wound like periodontal disease and Peri-implantitis and perimucositis.

Conflict of Interest

Dr. Duane C Keller is CEO and President of Perio Protect and has a vested interest in the company.

Authors Contribution

Dr Duane Keller 95%
Ms. Marissa Buechel 3%
Dr. Tanya Dunlap 2%


Dr. Jeffery N Goldstein
Dr. Greg Sawyer


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