95 percent of the population suffer from gum disease in various degrees of severity. Mild gum disease is called gingivitis, severe gum disease is called periodontitis. Although gum disease can cause major problems and pain and expense, its symptoms are often mild, except in the most severe cases when your teeth start falling out. Many people who have mild to moderate gum disease don’t even know they have it.
The consequences of untreated gum disease can be quite serious. It is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. And it can significantly increase your risk for heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis. Pregnant women with gum disease have a significantly higher risk of miscarriage and premature birth.
Gum disease is caused when bacteria in the plaque secrete toxins that cause infection and destruction of the gum tissues that support the teeth. When this occurs the gums separate from the tooth, creating a “gingival pocket” (a pocket in the gum). In time, more plaque and calculus accumulate in the gingival pocket, thus causing further destruction of the gum and deepening the pocket.
We have a particular interest in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of gum disease. Because gum disease is progressive and – because it is painless – it can become severe without you noticing. If you are concered about gum disease, call us today on 029 2084 3658 or contact us today to arrange an initial consultation.
perioscopy: state of the art technology
Traditionally, the more aggressive treatment option for people suffering from the advanced stages of periodontal disease was surgery. Now there is a new procedure called Perioscopy, featuring miniaturized digital video technology that enables your clinician to diagnose and treat areas below the gumline without discomfort and inconvenience of surgery.
For the first time, clinicians using the dental endoscope can see magnified details of tooth anatomy and deposits below the gumline to diagnose and treat periodontal disease in a minimally-invasive way.
During Perioscopy, a miniature camera is attached to a small probe or cleaning instrument and then gently placed below the gumline. Using this unique visualization device, clinicians are able to achieve very thorough cleaning to the bottom of the pocket, which promotes healing and potentially prevents further damage and tooth loss.
a higher level of care
In keeping with their commitment to stay on the forefront of medical and technological innovations and provide the highest quality of care, your hygienist has received special training in the use of Perioscopy.
what people say about perioscopy
Laura, Perioscopy Patient
“It’s amazing technology, Perioscopy has helped me keep my natural teeth. Everybody wants to avoid surgery and this is so easy! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has a problem with their gums.”
David Scharf, DMD
“Perioscopy allows my patients to become healthy without surgery. They love that it is not invasive and I love being able to offer them a non-surgical option that works!”
Roger Stambaugh, DMD, MS, MSed
“The dental endoscope and Perioscopy represent a significant technological breakthrough in progressive dentistry. It’s opened up a whole new world in diagnosis and therapy.”
Margaret, Perioscopy Patient
“I can’t tell you how relieved I was to find a way to keep my teeth without having gum surgery.”
Gina Gonzalez-Glubok, DDS, RDH
“Perioscopy provides my patients with a non-surgical option that can control their periodontal disease.”
We are pleased to be able to provide you with this state-of-the-art treatment and would be happy to discuss any questions you might have. Click here to see answers to some of the frequently asked questions about oral health screening.