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Traditionally, in order for the doctor to view and asses damage below the gum line required aggressive surgery. However, with Perioscopy, the doctor is able to view the areas below the gum line without the discomfort of gum surgery. Perioscopy features a miniaturized digital video camera that transmits video, lighting, and magnified images to a computer screen where they can be analyzed. For the first time, our office is able to view magnified details of tooth anatomy below the gumline in a minimally invasive, comfortable way.

Frequently Asked Questions About Perioscopy

A miniaturized camera is attached to the end of a probe and gently placed below the gumline. The images the camera receives are then transmitted to a chair side video screen. The dental endoscope provides up to 48 times magnification, making detection and treatment planning easier and more efficient.
Previously, your doctor might have needed to perform surgery in order to diagnose and treat disease below the gumline. This surgery required the cutting and peeling back of the gums and weeks of recovery time. With a dental endoscope, Dr. Watkins is now able to detect disease and defects that would have previously gone undetected, all without a scalpel or sutures!
If you have pockets that are 5mm deep or more, you may be a candidate for Perioscopy. Call our office today to discuss if you are a candidate!
In some cases, early detection through perioscopy will allow you to avoid gum surgery.
Perioscopy appointments tend to take longer than a general periodontal maintenance appointment. Call our office to discuss your appointment.
Perioscopy treatments are generally less expensive than traditional surgery. Many patients report that perioscopy saved them money and time.
There is generally very little discomfort or pain during the procedure. Speak with Dr. Watkins about your concerns and steps you can take to ensure your comfort.


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Ronald H. Watkins DDS, MS Implant and Periodontal Wellness Center of Arizona
4455 E. Camelback Road, Suite #E-100
Phoenix, AZ 85018
New Patients: 480-878-7480
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