A NEW NON-SURGICAL OPTIONThere 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 new technology developed for the treatment of periodontal disease. It 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 its 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.
Using this unique visualization devise, we are able to achieve a very thorough cleaning to the bottom of the pocket, which promotes healing and potentially prevents further damage and tooth loss. It also allows the clinician to identify other problems (cracks, perforations and other disease-causing flaws of the tooth root’s surface) that are located under the gum, and which previously required surgery to detect.
We are one of the few periodontal offices in Northern California that utilizes this innovative, non-surgical technology to provide healing, and better overall health.
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