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Dr. Churney's office is the first periodontal office on the west coast of Florida to have and to utilize the power of the dental endoscope.
- Provides a comfortable, non-surgical, periodontal treatment option.
- Pinpoints unseen deposits under the gum tissue that cause bleeding and inflammation.
- Enables detection of periodontal conditions and other dental problems in earlier, more manageable states.
- Enhances effectiveness of regular periodontal maintenance programs.
- Raises the standard of oral health care by using a new level of visualization to help fight periodontal disease and associated tooth loss.
The Power of Perioscopy:
- Advanced microscopic video technology enhanced by 20-40x magnification.
- Enables us to diagnosis and treat subgingivally (below the gum line) without surgery.
- Permits non-surgical direct vision of the tooth root to enhance periodontal treatment and reduce the need for surgery.
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Periodontal (gum) diseases, including gingivitis and periodontitis, are serious infections that, left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. The word periodontal literally means "around the tooth." Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth.
Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or many teeth. It begins when the bacteria in plaque (the sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth) causes the gums to become inflamed.
In the mildest form of the disease, gingivitis, the gums redden, swell and bleed easily. There is usually little or no discomfort. Gingivitis is often caused by inadequate oral hygiene. Gingivitis is reversible with professional treatment and good oral home care.
Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. With time, plaque can spread and grow below the gum line. Toxins produced by the bacteria in plaque irritate the gums. The toxins stimulate a chronic inflammatory response in which the body in essence turns on itself, and the tissues and bone that support the teeth are broken down and destroyed.
Gums separate from the teeth, forming pockets (spaces between the teeth and gums) that become infected. As the disease progresses, the pockets deepen and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed. Often, this destructive process has very mild symptoms. Eventually, teeth can become loose and may have to be removed.