What is the indication of PerioChip® (Chlorhexidine Gluconate) 2.5mg?
PerioChip® is indicated as an adjunct to scaling and root planing (SRP) for reduction of pocket depth (PD) in patients with adult periodontitis. PerioChip® may be used as a part of a periodontal maintenance program, which includes good oral hygiene and scaling and root planing.
Can PerioChip® be inserted in every deep pocket?
PerioChip® has been studied in pockets of 5 to 8 mm in depth.
The use of PerioChip in an acutely abscessed periodontal pocket has not been studied and therefore is not recommended.
How should PerioChip® be used in maintenance care?
PerioChip® can be used as part of a periodontal maintenance program. It should be used initially after SRP, and the site should be monitored when the patient returns for follow-up visits every three months. At such time, if the pocket is deeper than 5 mm, another PerioChip® should be inserted.
How often can PerioChip® be inserted?
PerioChip® can be inserted once every three months in pockets with probing depth of 5mm or more. PerioChip® can be incorporated into routine maintenance (supportive) periodontal treatment, which includes good oral hygiene along with scaling and root planing.
Does PerioChip® need to be removed?
No, PerioChip® biodegrades completely over the course of therapy, so there is no need to go back to the dentist to have it removed.
Can more than one PerioChip® be inserted for a tooth that has more than one pocket?
Yes, a tooth may have pockets on both sides (distal and mesial), so two chips may be inserted for that tooth. A total of eight chips may be inserted in the mouth per treatment.
Is the use of PerioChip® covered under dental insurance?
PerioChip® is covered by many dental insurance plans in the same way as other adjunctive periodontal procedures. However, coverage varies from plan to plan. For more information, please consult your insurance booklet and your dentist.