Perioscopy Alternative


There is a new procedure called Perioscopy, featuring miniaturized digital video technology that enables your clinician to diagnose and treat areas below the gumline without the discomfort and inconvenience of surgery.

Periodontal disease also known as gum disease is one of the most common infections in the United States. In fact, more than 75% of American adults over age 35 have some form of periodontal disease. Periodontal diseases are painless until their advanced stages. If left untreated, periodontal diseases can cause bad breath; red, swollen and bleeding gums; and, eventually tooth loss. Periodontal disease has been linked to diabetes, heart and lung disease, stroke, and premature birth.

Periodontal disease can be treated either surgically with flap reflection and possible bone grafting or non-surgically. Fortunately, there is a less invasive non-surgical treatment called Perioscopy which uses a microscopic camera to aid in visualization of the diseased pockets.

The Perioscope is a fiber-optic endoscope which is inserted between the tooth and gum so root surfaces can be observed and cleaned. The endoscope projects a picture that is magnified 48 times it normal size onto a chair-side computer screen, allowing us to visually detect the tarter buildup and diseased gum tissue. The minimally-invasive micro camera magnifies details of hidden deposits like hardened plaque and tarter that cause bleeding and inflammation that can not always be detected with routine cleaning.