Breakthrough nonsurgical treatment for severe gum disease!
Dr. Lee Sheldon has special expertise in nonsurgical perioscopy gum care. The Perioscope is a tiny camera, or endoscope, used to explore and visualize the periodontal pocket, producing an image of a diseased tooth's root. In fact, it is the only instrument that allows visualization of your pocket below the gumline. And we are one of only 100 offices in the world with such an instrument.
This is a revolutionary treatment option for gum disease, and it often eliminates the need for gum surgery. The Perioscope features miniaturized video technology, which is what enables us to diagnose and treat areas below the gumline without the discomfort of surgery. It is the most advanced nonsurgical periodontal treatment in dentistry today.
The Endoscopically Assisted Periodontal Therapy Procedure (EAPT)]
EAPT is a nonsurgical solution for gum disease. It enables the complete minimally invasive removal of diseased tissue and tartar on the root surfaces, which leads to healing of the bone and gum tissues.
Gum disease exam and consultation
Your gum disease care begins with an examination, X-rays and a consultation. During your examination we’ll not only check your teeth and bite, but will also do a periodontal probing to detect and measure periodontal pockets. If you have gum disease, our periodontist, Dr. Lee Sheldon, will create a treatment plan to treat it and will give you your options during your consultation.
How EAPT is done
Rebecca Caudill, our dental hygienist and endoscopy therapist with nearly three decades of experience, is very experienced in performing perioscopy to fight gum disease. First, she will comfortably administer a local anesthetic. Next, Rebecca uses the Perioscope’s tiny camera to view the diseased root surfaces. Finally, she uses special miniaturized instruments to remove plaque and calculus from areas of the root that in the past could only be seen during gum surgery.
Each session is about two hours long. Your treatment time may be shorter or longer depending on the complexity of your gum disease and how many teeth are being treated by EAPT.
After and continuing care
While meticulous cleaning of your root surface is essential to the success of treatment, we now know that nutrition as well as good plaque control may not only increase your periodontal health, but may improve your overall health. Your customized program of home care will be supervised by your hygiene coordinator. Your gum disease treatment will also include Juice Plus, which is a combination of 17 fruits and vegetables proven to not only help improve periodontal disease, but reduce risk factors for systemic disease as well.
Depending upon your situation, we may also do a saliva DNA test to determine the specific type and quantity of disease-causing bacteria in your mouth. Periodontal disease can be caused by one or a combination of eleven different types of bacteria. Using this technology, we can specifically identify the oral bacteria that can cause infections and then fight it with the proper antibiotic.
Comparison of different types of severe gum disease treatment
We are able to achieve full control in nearly all cases using EAPT, which eliminates the need for lasers or traditional periodontal surgery.
EAPT is the most advanced nonsurgical gum treatment in modern dentistry. Both laser and periodontal surgery have certain side effects that are eliminated with EAPT gum treatment.