What Happens During a Perioscopy?

Posted on 6/8/2020 by Cole Anderson, DMD, MS
What Happens During a Perioscopy?Traditionally, people suffering from periodontal disease are subjected to surgery in order to treat the problem in the best possible way. However, due to changes in technology, there is now a better way to do this. Perioscopy is a new advanced procedure that makes use of a very little dental endoscope that also has advanced lighting, magnification and video technology used below the gum line. The endoscope is specially designed to give the dentist or hygienist 20- 50X magnification of the area in question so that even the minutest of details can be seen as clearly as possible. With this technology, we are able to easily see the anatomy of a patient's root structure such as any tartar attached to the root and would normally never be seen. This way, doctors can say for a fact that a particular tooth root is healthy or not.

How Is Periscopy Used?

A periscopy is usually performed side to side with a laser periodontal surgery. This sort of surgery is basically a technique whereby the dentist will use ultrasonic instruments and disinfectants to clean any and all tooth rot found within a tooth and its roots. Laser periodontal surgery is usually not an invasive technique since the gum tissue is never cut. Unlike the traditional way where dentists relied on tactile sensitivity to identify root anatomy, calculus and irregularities, dentists can now be more precise and make sure that the root is left in good health.

What Should You Expect When You Come To See Us?

As with most dental procedures, a local anesthetic is required here. Since this procedure can be a bit intricate, the exact time it will take is largely due to the condition of the root and how much needs to be done. Depending on all these points, the appointment can take anywhere from an hour to three.

During the consultation stage, we make sure to be as thorough as possible so that once the procedure has started; we take as little time as possible on the procedure itself. If you have some problems with your teeth, then book an appointment with us as soon as possible and we'll take good care of you.

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