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What is Perioscopy?
Perioscopy is a procedure using a miniature dental endoscope with advanced video, lighting, and magnification technology that enables your doctor or hygienist to diagnose and treat areas below the gumline non-surgically.
How does the dental endoscope work?
A miniature camera is attached to a tiny fiber optic probe and then gently placed below the gumline. The images are immediately played on a chairside video screen for your clinician and you to see. The dental endoscope provides 20–40X magnification disclosing minute details under the gums that, before the advent of this technology, might easily have been missed.
What are the advantages of Perioscopy?
Perioscopy allows your clinician to see, accurately diagnose, and effectively treat periodontal and other dental conditions which might otherwise go undetected and ultimately undermine your oral health and perhaps even affect your overall wellbeing. Perioscopy is a great new tool for the preservation of natural teeth and the fight against periodontal disease.
Is Perioscopy right for me?
If you have one or more pockets over 4 mm deep, as well as other suspected dental conditions, then you may be a candidate for Perioscopy. If you are being treated for periodontal disease, the goal of a Perioscopy treatment is to get a tooth root exceptionally clean so that the gums and other surrounding tissues can become healthier. Perioscopy is especially effective in the “esthetic zone” or the teeth you see when you smile, because it is so minimally invasive.
Can surgery be avoided with Perioscopy?
In many cases, the need for surgery can be avoided. Gum surgery is a frequently used therapy for patients with advanced periodontitis. Now Perioscopy offers another option which can be used to treat you comfortably and effectively without the apprehension and discomfort of surgery. Your doctor or hygienist will outline your treatment options and together you can decide if Perioscopy is right for you.
How long does Perioscopy take?
Because of the intricate clinical nature of Perioscopy, procedures tend to take a bit longer than a standard appointment with a doctor or hygienist. Depending on the condition and location of the teeth being cared for, treatment usually takes from one to two hours.
Is Perioscopy expensive?
Perioscopy treatment is typically less than the cost of surgery. Patients frequently report that Perioscopy was definitely a worthwhile investment and helped them to save their natural teeth.
Does Perioscopy hurt?
Generally, there is very little, if any discomfort after a Perioscopy appointment. Your clinician is committed to taking the appropriate steps to ensure your comfort.
What can l expect?
Each patient will respond differently, although many times a deep pocket will improve significantly.