What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, commonly referred to as “gum disease,” is the result of chronic bacterial infection that destroys the attachment fibers and bone that support your teeth. It causes the gums to separate away from the teeth, forming pockets of infection below the gumline. It is often painless and can go undetected, leading to potentially life-threatening complications. For this reason, it’s important to treat peridontal disease as early and thoroughly as possible.
Importance of Periodontal Health
Left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and more. Studies have shown a direct link between periodontal disease and diabetes, heart disease, respiratory infection, low birth weight in babies, and Alzheimer's Disease. Treating periodontal disease is crucial to your overall health and well being!
How Common is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is common around the world, with as much as 75% of the population over age 30 affected. It is one of the most prevalent non-communicable chronic diseases among the population, especially for those over age 60.
How is Periodontal Disease Treated?
The main goal of treatment is to control the infection by cleaning out built up calculus and removing bacteria. Treatments vary depending on the extent of the disease, but Scaling and Root Planing (SRP) and Gingival Flap Surgery are the two most common procedures.
Non-Surgical Treatment - What is Visual-SRP℠?
Visual-SRP (V-SRP) with OraVu’s DeVA-1 Micro-Endoscope system allows your periodontist, dentist, or dental hygienist to see below the gumline without surgery and without the stitches and pain that accompany it.
After being given a local anesthetic, your clinician will place the miniature fiberscope below the gumline. What the clinician sees is an image magnified up to 100 times actual size. The clinician can now SEE the calculus on the roots and in the furcations (root forks) and most importantly ensure that the calculus has been successfully removed.
Benefits of Visual-SRP℠?
"I am a big fan of this technology because even though I am a surgeon I would rather spare my patients the cost and discomfort associated with surgery if there is a non-surgical way to achieve the same outcomes,”
— Michael Rethman DDS, MS, Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology