What are the benefits of Perioscopy?
Bad breath, bleeding and swollen gums, and a self-conscious smile are some of the undesirable effects of gum disease. Beyond those common symptoms, if left untreated gum disease can contribute to serious systemic health issues. For these reasons, Dr. Steven Van Scoyoc recommends seeking treatment as soon as any changes in your oral health arise. He is pleased to offer a variety of surgical and non-surgical options for patients experiencing gum disease at all stages.
In conjunction with certain treatments, Dr. Van Scoyoc may utilize Perioscopy technology to get a magnified view beneath the gums, to most effectively treat areas of gum disease. This miniature dental endoscope treatment is minimally-invasive, however sedation dentistry is available for patients with high levels of dental anxiety or fear.Schedule Your Consultation
Gum Disease Treatment Options
For mild gum disease, scaling and root planing is a non-surgical, deep cleaning procedure that removes plaque, tartar and bacteria from your tooth and root surfaces and smooths rough areas. This allows the gums to heal and reattach by keeping harmful bacteria from clinging to your teeth beneath the gum line.
For moderate to severe gum disease, LANAP® is a minimally-invasive treatment that uses a state-of-the-art laser to remove diseased tissue and bacteria and clean the root surface. This treatment is effective and convenient for the patient, and does not involve cutting or stitching of the gums. Most patients report feeling little to no discomfort and heal quickly.
For severe gum disease, osseous surgery is a final treatment option that may be suggested after other treatments have proven unsuccessful. Also known as pocket depth reduction, this procedure is performed to remove the disease-causing bacteria and smooth out irregular surfaces beneath the gum level.
After gum disease treatment, Dr. Van Scoyoc may want to keep a closer eye on your dental health to prevent the disease from returning. Periodontal maintenance is similar to regular dental appointments, but provides a deeper cleaner on a more frequent basis to maintain the health of your smile.