What is a Perioscope

The perioscope is a specifically designed, tiny oral camera that is used by your dentist to explore the extent of the inflamed pockets between your gums and teeth.

These highly magnified images are transmitted to a monitor, which allows for intensive views of the calculus buried between your teeth, between the roots and around specific areas that cannot be seen with dental loupes alone.
Perioscopy is no more invasive than a regular deep cleaning, which involves the scaling and smoothing of the root's surfaces. A local anesthetic is administered to neutralize any potential discomfort, and the procedure might take between one to two hours to complete.

The Periscope Can Replace Periodontal Surgery in Many Cases

Because the periscope gives your dentist close-up views of the area that might require treatment, it gives them the opportunity to avoid flap surgery in most situations. Flap surgery is a procedure that implements a surgical opening to give a clear view of, and access to, the area that is in need of treatment.

In order to be able to effectively remove hardened tartar or calculus, your dentist needs to have a clear view of exactly where it is located. The periscope gives your dentist and hygienist that view with highly magnified images, up to 45x, which they will use to guide the precise, thorough removal of the harmful calculus.

Using microsurgical instruments, they will reach the deeper areas where the damaging calculus has collected and hardened, resulting in the inflammation of your gums, and gently remove it with isolated precision.
Removing the damaging tartar produces a smooth surface on the root of the tooth. Since it is difficult now for bacteria to adhere to the freshly smoothed surfaces, your gums can recover and regenerate without further irritation. The gum tissue will subsequently shrink, tighten, and reattach to your teeth to support and protect them.

The results that the dental industry has achieved with the perioscopic treatment are considerably more effective than with traditional gum surgery or laser-assisted gum disease treatment, and the treatment achieves this success without the post-operative discomfort that is associated with surgical procedures.

Because of the intricate clinical nature of using the perioscope, your procedure might tend to take a bit longer than a standard appointment. Depending upon the location and the amount of tartar to be removed, the treatment usually takes around two hours for half of the mouth.

The Benefits of Perioscopy

The goal of using a perioscope is to get your teeth roots exceptionally clean and smooth, and thoroughly removing all bacteria from the deep pockets. You will see a decrease in bleeding and inflammation, and your risk of the gum disease progression will diminish dramatically.

Affordable, Comfortable Treatment

Your level of comfort is a top priority for your dental team, and will address your options prior to your treatment. Treatment with the periscope will not leave you with the post-operative discomfort associated with surgical procedures. An additional benefit is that the highly effective perioscope treatment is actually more affordable than traditional or laser-assisted gum surgery.

Benefits of Perioscope