The Progression of Gum Disease
Gum disease starts out as gingivitis. You may not even know you have it. Common symptoms—red, swollen gums that bleed when you brush or floss—are often written off as a result of brushing too hard. As it progresses, your gums start to recede, creating pockets for bacteria to fall into. Once under the gums, bacteria become difficult to remove, and professional treatment becomes necessary. The bacteria attack your teeth, your jawbone, and the supporting structures. Eventually, your teeth become loose and fall out.
Traditional Gum Disease Treatments
More advanced stages of gum disease require professional help. Traditionally, gum disease treatments involve surgery. Options involve procedures like:
Treating Gum Disease Without Surgery
A perioscopy allows us to treat your gum disease without surgery, which allows you to avoid a rather invasive procedure. A perioscope is a small dental endoscope that is equipped with lighting, video and magnification capabilities. This tool allows us to see what’s happening below your gumline, and ensures that we don’t miss anything.
We start by giving you a local anesthetic. We place the endoscope below your gums and move it gently across the surface of the roots of your teeth, removing plaque and bacteria. We will then flush the pockets and remove mineralized deposits with other, specialized tools. After we are finished, your gums can begin to heal.
Benefits of Perioscopy
Perioscopy offers numerous benefits:
Don't let gum disease destroy the health of your mouth. Contact Implant and Periodontal Wellness Center of Arizona today and find out if a non-surgical perioscopy is right for you.
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