Perioscopy & Other Gum Disease Treatment

Most Americans have some degree of periodontal (gum) disease. Too many do too little about it – until it’s too late. But caught and treated early, it can be reversed and controlled.

This is vital, as gum disease has been linked to an ever-widening array of inflammatory conditions. These include heart disease, stroke, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney disease and Alzheimer’s.

Until recently, one of the big challenges of periodontal therapy – the treatment of gum disease – is that we couldn’t really see into the pockets, where oral pathogens thrive. We couldn’t see the surface of the roots as we cleaned them. We couldn’t tell how effective our deep cleaning was.

Perioscopy – or dental endoscopy – changed all that.

With perioscopy, we insert a very small camera into each sulcus – the gum space between teeth that gets deeper as gum disease progresses – to get a magnified view of the root. We then remove plaque and tartar as usual, but more effectively, as we can see the results in real time.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact our Seattle holistic dental office today.

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