Mark J. Weingarden, DMD
Board Certified Periodontist - Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Dr. Weingarden's practice is one of the only offices in the Tri-State area currently providing the Perioscope option. In keeping with our commitment to stay on the forefront of technological innovations and provide the highest quality of care, Dr. Weingarden and his hygienists have received special training in the use of the Perioscope.
If you have one or more pockets over 4mm deep, you might be a candidate for the Perioscope. If you are being treated for periodontal disease, the goal of the Perioscope is to get a tooth root exceptionally clean so that the gums and other surrounding tissues can become healthier. Perioscopy is especially effective in the "esthetic zone" or the teeth you show when you smile.
Perioscopy is a new, non-surgical procedure to treat periodontal disease. The dental field has joined other medical fields in adopting a minimally invasive treatment that can take the place of surgery in certain situations. This means that there is no cutting, no stitches and no prolonged healing.
The perioscope features miniaturized digital video technology that enables your clinician to diagnose and treat areas below the gum line without surgery. For the first time, clinicians can see magnified details of tooth anatomy and deposits below the gum line to diagnose and treat periodontal disease in a minimally invasive way.
A miniature camera is attached to a tiny probe and then gently placed below the gum line. The images are immediately displayed on a chair side video screen for your clinician and you to see. The Perioscope provides 48 times magnification, showing minute details under the gums that otherwise might be missed.
The Perioscope procedure, due to its intricate nature, generally takes a little longer than a standard cleaning appointment. Treatment usually takes about 1-2 hours. Generally, there is little, if any, discomfort during a Perioscope appointment. Local anesthesia is provided for your comfort.
We are pleased to be able to provide you with this state-of-the-art treatment alternative and would be happy to discuss any questions you might have.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a thorough cleaning below the gum line to remove plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) that cannot be removed through routine professional cleanings or brushing and flossing. Bacterial deposits are removed from the roots, allowing gum tissue to heal and to reattach to the teeth.
Scaling and root planing is done with local anesthesia to ensure the patient's comfort. A sedative or IV sedation is also available if desired to help you relax through the procedure.