Did you know that 47.2% of Americans age 30 and older have periodontal disease, according to the ?
Periodontal disease is advanced gum disease caused by untreated plaque buildup on your teeth and gums.
Once you have periodontal disease, you are at higher risk for receding gums, tooth loss, and even jawbone deterioration. While there is no cure for periodontal disease, our Novi dentist offers a range of dental treatments to slow its damaging effects, which includes using perioscope technology.
As periodontal disease progresses, the gum pockets around your teeth deepen. When this happens, plaque and food particles get stuck in these pockets and further contribute to gum disease. A gum disease perioscope is essentially a tiny camera our Novi family dentist uses to look inside gum pockets. When the perioscope is inserted into a gum pocket, our dentist is able to see hidden plaque that has hardened into tartar.
The perioscope replaces periodontal surgery, an invasive procedure that required dentists to cut through the gum to get a look inside. Today, our dentist is able to use the perioscope during scaling and root planing to make sure all hidden plaque and tartar is removed from the gum pocket.
Dr. Stephen J. Minns DDS is dedicated to helping patients just like you improve oral health for a beautiful healthy smile. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment for gum disease treatment, give our dentist office in Novi, MI a call at (248) 476-9121.