Gum Disease Perioscopy

A New Minimally-Invasive Option

Perioscopy Procedure Traditionally, the more aggressive treatment option for people suffering from the advanced stages of periodontal disease is surgery.

Perioscopy is a new procedure which features miniaturized digital video technology.  This enables us to assess and treat areas below the gumline without the discomfort and inconvenience of pulling back the gum tissue and using sutures.

Using the dental endoscope we can see magnified details of tooth anatomy and deposits below the gumline to diagnose and treat periodontal disease in a minimally invasive way.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Perioscopy?

Perioscopy is a procedure that uses a miniature dental endoscope with advanced video, lighting and magnification technology that enables us to assess and treat areas below the gumline with a minimally-invasive procedure using no sutures.

2. How does the dental endoscope work?

A miniature camera is attached to a tiny probe and then gently placed below the gumline. The images are simultaneously displayed on a chairside video screen for your clinician and you to see. The dental endoscope provides up to 48 times magnification, disclosing microscopic details under the gums that, before the advent of this technology, might easily be missed.

3. What are the advantages of Perioscopy?

Perioscopy allows your clinician to accurately and effectively treat periodontal and other dental conditions which might otherwise go undetected.  Perioscopy is a great new tool that allows for visual verification of plaque and calculus removal during root planing which previously based on feel and blind sweeps of the teeth.  Perioscopy is especially effective in the "esthetic zone" -  the teeth you see when you smile.

4. Is Perioscopy right for me?

If you have one or more deep pockets more than 5mm deep, then you may be a candidate for Perioscopy. The best way to determine the ideal treatment for you is to contact our office today to schedule your periodontal examination.

5. Can surgery be avoided with Perioscopy?

In many cases, the need for surgery can be avoided. Your periodontist will outline your expected treatment outcome, and depending on case severity will advise if additional treatment is necessary. .

6. How long does Perioscopy take?

Because of the intricate, clinical nature of Perioscopy, procedures tend to take longer than a standard maintenance appointment.

7. Does it hurt?

Generally, there is very little, if any, discomfort during a Perioscopy appointment. Your clinician is committed to taking the appropriate steps to ensure your comfort.