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Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a serious condition that can weaken your oral health and cause lasting damage. At the dental practice of Michele S Tratos, we want to help your oral health remain in optimum condition. If you have periodontal disease, our dentist can use a perioscope in Las Vegas, Nevada, to get an inside and accurate view of the condition of your gum pockets. This allows us to fully understand the severity of your condition and provide an accurate treatment plan. For more information, we welcome you to call us today at 702-369-8730 and schedule your appointment with our caring dentist.

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a degenerative condition that is caused from a buildup of plaque and bacteria around your teeth. It can lead to tender, inflamed, swollen, or bleeding gums, and if left untreated, the bacteria can cause permanent damage to not only your gums but also to your teeth and bone as well. Although periodontal disease is not treatable, it can be managed with a series of frequent treatments to our practice. Plus, our dentist utilizes advanced dental technology to more accurately diagnose your condition and provide more efficient treatments.

A common sign of gum disease is a receding gum line. As your gums recede, it is common for the extra tissue to create pockets around your teeth. These pockets become a hiding spot for bacteria and plaque to build up. If left untreated, the pockets can become deeper, and the bacteria can continue to build up, causing damage to your tooth’s roots and bone. Perioscopes, or periodontal endoscopes, can be used to accurately evaluate and diagnose the severity of your periodontal pockets.

In most other situations, dentists will have to perform surgery to learn how deep your gum pockets are, as well as the extent of the damage. At our practice, however, we are pleased to use perioscopes and remove the necessity of surgery. A perioscope is a small, digital tool that is inserted into your pocket. It sends images to our computer, providing our dentist with a clear and accurate view of what is inside your periodontal pocket, as well as how much plaque or calculus is built up around your tooth’s roots. By having a clear and exact knowledge of your specific condition, our dentist can provide a uniquely personal treatment plan that will give you the care you need to restore your oral health.

If you have questions about how we use perioscopes or periodontal disease, we welcome you to call or visit our practice today. We are happy to help in any way!