How perioscopy works
For many years, periodontists, general dentists, and dental hygienists have used scraping tools, antibiotics, chemical agents, lasers, and periodontal surgery to remove from teeth the calculus (tartar), and to kill the bacteria that perpetuate periodontal diseases. But because clinicians are unable to see clearly below the gums, all of the disease-causing deposits are not removed and the bacteria return quickly.
Perioscopy makes use of a technology similar to the orthoscopic and endoscopic procedures used in medicine for many years. The Dental Endoscope, or Perioscope, is an extremely tiny fiber optic camera less than 1mm in diameter, which when used with skill, can eliminate the need for surgical debridement.
The Perioscope illuminates–and magnifies 48 times–the root of the tooth under the gum. This allows a skilled clinician to locate previously undetected root deposits with pinpoint accuracy. This is a much higher magnification than is used in periodontal surgery, yet is non-invasive to perform. It is important to note, however, that perioscopy alone will not arrest periodontal disease long term in most cases.
Perioscopy makes use of ultra-tiny, diamond-tipped instruments–fast and precise tools used in a two handed technique. A skilled clinician can remove plaque and calculus without damaging any gum tissue or teeth roots. Gums heal naturally and periodontal regeneration may occur if regenerative proteins are used in conjunction with perioscopy, reducing or eliminating the need for aggressive surgery.
Diagnostic Perioscopy – The benefits of perioscopy are not just for people suffering from the moderate to advanced stages of periodontal disease. When used properly, the perioscope is a very powerful diagnostic tool for the early detection and treatment of many conditions. A routine examination and dental cleaning performed under powerful magnification beneath the gums can reveal problems frequently overlooked by traditional diagnostic methods, such as decay, failing restorations and fractures. These problems left unchecked, including cavities and calculus trapped beneath the gums, can lead to more serious conditions.