Gum Treatment & Perioscopy
Noble’s periodontal specialists use advanced technology to ensure accurate diagnosis of gum disease and its severity. We take periodontal risk assessment seriously, and have developed one of the largest arsenals of tools and procedures in New Zealand to ensure the highest standard of care.
If you have gum disease, the advantage of seeing a periodontist instead of a general dentist is that we have the skills and tools to save teeth from extraction, often even in seemingly impossible cases of periodontitis.
We use perioscopy and other non-invasive, high-tech procedures to treat disease while avoiding the discomfort and inconvenience of surgery. These methods are also far more cost-effective than surgery.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection of the structures supporting your teeth in your jawbone.
In the earliest stage – gingivitis – the infection affects the gums. As the disease becomes more severe, the alveolar bone (tooth sockets) and the periodontal ligament (the connection between the teeth and tooth sockets) become infected. If nothing is done, the infection destroys these structures to the point where your teeth become loose and have to be extracted.
What is perioscopy?
Perioscopy is a method of gum disease treatment with minimal discomfort. During perioscopy, a miniature camera called a dental endoscope is attached to a small probe and gently placed below the gum line. With this unique visualisation we can be sure we achieve a thorough clean right to the bottom of the tooth pockets. This significantly reduces bacteria, promotes healing, and helps prevent further damage and tooth loss.
Benefits of perioscopy
Perioscopy enables detection and effective treatment of gum problems in the earlier, more manageable stages. It is a less costly and less invasive alternative to the surgical procedures that would be required otherwise.
What is Arestin?
Although traditional scaling and root planing reduces plaque and some bacteria, it is not always enough to kill all of the bacteria that causes periodontitis. Arestin is a locally administered antibiotic that combats bacteria in even the most hard-to-reach areas.
Benefits of Arestin
Arestin is safe and easy for our periodontists to administer, and avoids the bleeding that occurs when probing gums. It is a ‘sustained-release’ antibiotic, meaning Arestin remains in tooth pockets for up to three weeks. This gives the antibiotic plenty of time to kill even the most stubborn bacteria.