What is a perioscopy?
Our team at Premier Periodontics is committed to providing exceptional treatment outcomes in the most comfortable and gentle way possible. Perioscopy digital technology is one such measure we take when treating areas of periodontal (gum) disease deep beneath the gumline. With this advanced approach, our talented clinicians place a small dental endoscope attached to a probe into periodontal pockets (spaces between the teeth and gums). The endoscope lights up and magnifies the treatment area by up to 48x, providing a clear visual field of the tooth and gum surfaces, which is displayed on a screen for you and our team to see. In this way, we can evaluate and treat areas of gum disease without having to take a traditional surgical approach to access these areas. Perioscopy offers a minimally invasive, more comfortable procedure for patients in the Bellevue, WA, area. To learn more, talk to our team of periodontal experts today.
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Who is a Candidate for a perioscopy?
Perioscopy is often paired with nonsurgical scaling and root planing procedures to treat and arrest the progression of gum disease. Patients who have one or more periodontal pockets measuring 5mm or higher are often good candidates for a perioscope-assisted procedure. It may also be a good alternative for patients with deeper areas of gum disease and those unable to undergo traditional gum surgery, as it minimizes the need for a surgical approach. During your gum disease treatment consultation, our periodontists will evaluate the extent of your condition and determine if perioscopy is an ideal treatment to restore your periodontal health.
What can I Expect during a perioscopy?
Minimally invasive endoscopy gum treatment allows our clinicians to actually "see" areas of plaque and tartar accumulation within periodontal pockets. This visualization enables thorough removal and treatment of diseased areas as opposed to relying on tactile sensation to blindly clean these areas. Though this procedure is nonsurgical, we will numb the gum tissues to provide the highest level of comfort during your care. When you are ready, our team will insert the endoscope into the periodontal pockets and use the digital image to thoroughly clean the areas.
What can i expect after a perioscopy?
There is no need for sutures following perioscopy gum disease treatment, and therefore very little recovery time to endure. Your gums may feel a little tender for a day or two, but this can generally be managed with nonprescription pain relievers. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled to allow our team to evaluate your healing and progress. At that time, our periodontists can let you know if any further treatment may be required. The key to keeping your teeth and gums healthy following gum disease treatment is excellent home care each day and routine periodontal maintenance visits every 3 – 4 months.
Does Insurance Cover a perioscopy?
Most insurance companies cover a portion of endoscopy gum disease treatment. We will review your specific plan and benefits before your procedure and provide you with an estimate of any anticipated personal costs. To help make treatment affordable for all patients, Premier Periodontics offers special 12-month financing and several easy payment options.
Will the perioscopy cause me any pain?
Your gum pocket treatment in Bellvue, WA, should not cause you any significant discomfort. Your gums will be numbed for the duration of the procedure. Please alert our staff if you experience any pain.
May I eat after the perioscopy?
After your anesthetic has worn off, you should be able to eat without restrictions. Your gums may be tender, and there may be some sensitivity to temperature.
How long does the perioscopy typically last?
A typical gum treatment in Bellvue, WA, will take around 1- 2 hours.
Minimally Invasive Gum Care
Perioscopy enhances our ability to provide effective, thorough gum disease care and visualize areas of concern that may otherwise go undetected. By using this minimally invasive yet effective dental endoscopy procedure, our expert periodontal team at Premier Periodontics can treat diseased areas and reestablish periodontal health. Get the specialized services you need from a Bellevue, WA, practice who places your comfort and care first. Contact us today to reserve your treatment consultation.
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