We know dental surgery is not the answer for all patients. We offer many non-surgical services. We recommend checking out the following links for more information on your next dental procedure.
Scaling and Root Planing
See perio.org for more information.
As you have learned, you are susceptible to gum disease. And, you have probably learned, too, that the main cause of gum disease is bacterial plaque, a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. The bacteria in this plaque produce toxins, or poisons, which constantly attack your gums and teeth. Unless plaque is removed, it hardens into a rough, porous deposit called calculus, or tartar. Daily brushing and flossing will help to minimize the formation of calculus, but it won’t completely prevent it. No matter how careful you are in cleaning your teeth and gums, bacterial plaque can cause a recurrence of gum disease from two to four months after your last professional cleaning. Therefore, a dental professional must check for hidden problems and remove the hardened plaque at time intervals appropriate for you so that your teeth and gums stay healthy.
Perioscopy: The only non-invasive alternative to surgery
Perioscopy is the way that a few selected periodontal offices are able to see under the gum by providing high magnification to perform non-surgical cleansings using micro ultrasonic instruments. This minimally invasive technique is a similar advancement to the many medical procedures now performed with the aid of small camera placed into all areas of the body.
The Perioscope is a long 1 mm diameter flexible fiber-optic that is attached to a high magnification video camera and viewing screen. Under local anesthesia this micro-visual cleaning is done without any cutting of the gum. Additional local or systemic antimicrobials/antibiotics can also enhance the results. When the patient uses Advil, Tylenol or any over-the-counter pain medication there is very little discomfort, if any, after the numbness wears off.
Many patients have benefited from this treatment all over the world. If patients have less pocketing and bone loss, and if they can remain stable with follow up care, periodontal infection can be controlled in a very minimally invasive way, with less cost than surgical treatment. The practice of Perioscopy is growing and spreading throughout dentistry. We are always seeking out the best ways to provide treatment for our patients and using the Perioscope is helping us achieve “healing through a better vision.”