do I need to test for periodontal bacteria?
Scientific research has
shown that the presence of certain
marker bacteria is associated with periodontal disease activity. Knowing the
infection level at any given time helps clinicians make the most appropriate
risk assessment for gum disease, further tooth loss and can assist in monitoring
tooth implant sites. Importantly, the absence of bacteria may be indicative
of good oral health. The DMDx® test detects the
eight most important bacteria associated with periodontal disease activity.
The test improves patient care by providing key information to your dentist
- Select appropriate
- Diagnose and monitor
- Accurately report bacteria
- Clarify clinical findings
- Provide excellent documentation
for your progress
the test detect the right bacteria?
Yes, the eight most significant
bacteria are tested for.
is the DMDx® Test and how is it administered?
The clinician places a
small paper point (similar, in size, to a very small toothpick) in the gum
"pocket" adjacent to a tooth believed at risk. After a few seconds,
the paper point has absorbed the necessary sample material and it is placed
in a small vial and forwarded to the Laboratory, along with payment or payment
information. The samples are analyzed, through utilization of DNA technology,
and a Laboratory report is faxed and mailed to the clinician within fourteen
days of receipt of the specimen in the laboratory.
do the laboratory results mean?
Like a cholesterol test
helps to establish the risk for coronary artery disease, the DMDx® test helps establish the risk of further attachment and bone loss. The Laboratory
Report provides a user-friendly, one-page form, indicating the Pathogen Levels
(levels of bacteria) as NEGATIVE, LOW, MODERATE or HIGH, with MODERATE or
HIGH levels indicated advancing disease. Your clinician will explain the findings
can the tests direct my therapy?
The only way to know the
extent of a periodontal infection is to perform a microbial diagnostic test.
Knowing whether the disease-causing bacteria are present, and the level of
infection, helps determine the need for antibiotics. When indicated, the test
will assist in eliminating harmful pocket bacteria to enhance the success
of surgical procedures. Follow-up tests help establish if you have responded
to a particular therapy, which may vary among patients due to your particular
response. A failed response to a particular therapy (with or without antibiotics)
would indicate that another course of therapy is required. Periodic re-testing
will help to alert your dentist of a re-infection before irreversible destruction
can occur. This ultimately results in monetary savings to you.
insurance coverage provide reimbursement for the DMDx® Test?
Yes, most insurance companies