Traditionally, in order for the doctor to view and assess damage below the gum line required aggressive surgery. However, with Perioscopy, the doctor is able to view the areas below the gum line without the discomfort of gum surgery, to see the contents of a periodontal pocket and analyze the tooth surface for bacterial accumulation (subgingival plaque and calculus). Perioscopy features a miniaturized digital video camera that transmits video, lighting, and magnified images to a computer screen where they can be analyzed. For the first time, our office is able to view magnified details of tooth anatomy (such as cracks, perforations and other disease-causing defects of the root surface) below the gumline in a minimally invasive, comfortable way. The perioscope is an endoscope which also guides the clinician during the process of cleaning plaque and calculus.
Frequently Asked Questions About Perioscopy
1. How does the endoscope work?
a. A miniaturized camera is attached to the end of a probe and gently placed below the gumline. The images the camera receives are then transmitted to a chairside video screen. The dental endoscope provides up to 48 times magnification, making detection and treatment planning easier and more efficient.
2. What are the advantages of Perioscopy?
a. Previously, your doctor would need to perform invasive surgery in order to diagnose and treat disease below the gumline. This surgery required the cutting and peeling back of the gums and weeks of recovery time. With a dental endoscope, your doctor is now able to detect disease and defects that would have previously gone undetected, all without a scalpel or sutures!
3. Is Perioscopy painful?
a. There is generally very little discomfort or pain during the procedure. Speak with your doctor about your concerns and steps you can take to ensure your comfort.