How Does Perioscopy Work?
Perioscopy is a non-surgical examination procedure made possible by a dental endoscope. The endoscope, in this case, is a miniature camera attached to a tiny fiber-optic probe that gently works below the gum line. It provides advanced video, lighting, and magnification capabilities. During the procedure, your periodontist or hygienist can view, diagnose, and plan treatment for areas below the gum line. Perioscopy provides 20-40X magnification that shows even minute details under you gums that easily could have been missed with less advanced examination methods.
Because early detection and prompt treatment of gum disease are so important, the imaging provided by Perioscopy is crucial. Earlier methods were more invasive and could not produce unobstructed views. When your clinician has clear under-the-gumline images, accurate diagnosis and effective treatment can begin immediately. The pictures appear on-screen while you are in the examination chair, so the benefits are immediate. Because periodontal infections affect your oral and whole-body health, diagnosing and treating them is of great importance. Most significantly, it can help save your teeth.
Does It Hurt? How Long Does It Take? What Does It Cost?
As is the case with many more advanced options, Perioscopy is more comfortable than earlier examination methods. In general, there is minimal discomfort, if any. Also, if your periscopic exam indicates further treatment, it will be more targeted and less invasive because the images pinpoint trouble spots.
You will spend a bit more time on your exam because of the intricate clinical nature of Perioscopy. Therefore, it takes a bit longer than standard exams. The exact amount depends on the location and condition of the teeth and gums being cared for, but assume the appointment will be in the range of 1-2 hours. The benefits far outweigh the time investment and in the long-run make a difference.
In terms of cost, Perioscopy is typically less expensive than gum surgery and can be equally effective at helping to save your teeth. It receives favorable reviews from patients who have undergone the procedure and is an increasingly popular option. Additionally, some patients who might not have been candidates for oral surgery for other reasons many times can have periscopic treatment. It, therefore, provides them with new options to save their teeth. For comfort, effectiveness, and cost-benefit, it is often a method Dr. Farber and the Farber Center team can enthusiastically recommend.