How Perioscopy Can Benefit Your Practice

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> Benefits of Perioscopy to the Dental Hygienist
> Benefits of Perioscopy in Education
> Benefits of Dental Endoscopy to the General Dentist
> Benefits of Perioscopy to the Periodontist


Benefits of Perioscopy™ to the Dental Hygienist

 

Can Now Offer Viable Periodontal Treatment to All Patients

  • Finally a way to treat the hundreds of patients in the practice with 4+ mm pockets
  • Allows stepped-up emphasis on periodontal treatment throughout the patient base

Perioscopy Patients Can Now Receive the Best Possible Treatment In-House

  • Perioscopy appears to be the best minimally-invasive treatment available
  • Superclean root surfaces are very likely to reduce or stop tissue inflammation
  • Most patients prefer to be treated in their own dentist’s office and not be referred out
  • Patients are more likely to proceed with Perioscopy when they literally see the calculus, furcation or root fracture on the monitor in front of them

Periodontal Patients Stay Retained within the Practice

  • Regular Perioscopy treatment in the general dentist’s office minimizes loss of patients to a periodontist’s maintenance and recall program
  • Most moderately involved patients are motivated to save their teeth and avoid surgery
  • Advanced patients appreciate options
    • Especially those who have experienced flap surgery firsthand
  • Patients with severe localized or advanced disease will still benefit from being referred out

Hygiene-Performed Perioscopy Procedures Create New Incremental Revenue

  • The Perioscopy-trained hygienist performs most or all of the procedures
  • Perioscopy fees are significantly higher than traditional prophy or scaling and root planing
  • Typically a $200+ increase in production is generated for every hour the DV2 is used

Identify Clinical Problems Early

  • Seeing subgingivally opens your eyes to potentially costly clinical diagnostic problems
  • Your dentist will be able to deliver big C&B cases with the confidence that a fracture or other root problem won’t cause a failed foundation and lead to a costly remake
  • Dentist can know with certainty whether a crown margin is open and leaking

Periodontal Diagnostic and Therapeutic Skills Will Improve

  • You will be able to immediately see and improve upon the results of current periodontal therapy
  • Seeing what is really happening subgingivally will improve your skills

Perioscopy Adept Hygienists Will Be Seen in a Different Light

  • You will look forward to performing Perioscopy treatment
  • Your value to the dentists/periodontists you work with will increase
  • Demand for your services will increase
  • Hygienists will want to remain with an office that offers Perioscopy

Word of Mouth Will Attract New Patients to the Practice

  • Pleased patients will tell their family members and friends
  • Involved staff will also spread the word
  • Periodontally-involved patients have their ears open for a way to avoid losing their teeth

Benefits of Perioscopy™ in Education

 

Perioscopy, the term applied to the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures performed with the dental endoscope, has been found to increase the thoroughness and effectiveness of non-surgical periodontal diagnosis and care.  This technology allows educators an instrument that enhances learning opportunities for students through direct visualization of the root surface and sulcular tissue, providing immediate feedback in the educational setting.

Educators now have a visual tool to enhance learning opportunities

  • Support difficult concepts
  • Evaluate treatment outcomes
  • Faculty development
  • Faculty calibration

Students can now take concepts they are learning in the classroom and visualize them directly on their own patients. 

  • Observe subgingial environment in health and disease
  • Determine clinical results of instrumentation and treatment
  • Enhance learning efforts regarding root morphology, periodontal pathology, plaque and calculus development, caries development, instrumentation techniques, clinical results and much more

Dental Endoscopy in Clinical Education and Comprehensive Care

  • Direct visualization before and after instrumentation, oral hygiene instruction, or non surgical treatment
  • Validate and support tactile skill development
  • Develop critical thinking skills such as instrument selection, case development and management, treatment planning, referral guidelines
  • Support patient education efforts
  • Re-evaluation opportunities
  • Expand diagnostic, therapeutic and treatment planning skills

Dental Endoscopy in Research

  • Recorded images provide valid means of data collection
  • Visually verify what we know clinically
  • Support or dispute current theories and research
  • Contribute to the body of knowledge and understanding of dentistry

Community Involvement

  • Expose alumni and local clinicians to state of the art technology and standard of care
  • Host CE programs to increase level of knowledge in community
  • Use for funding support by promoting what you have and requesting what you don’t have

Overall, the dental endoscope is a limitless tool for obtaining the goals for obtaining the goals for the educational setting.  It offers not only student opportunities for professional growth and development, but provides opportunities to raise the standard of the educational setting as well.  The potential for invaluable benefits are restricted only by not taking advantage of the unique and varied opportunities offered by the use of the dental endoscope in education.


Benefits of Dental Endoscopy to the General Dentist

 

Effective Diagnostic Support

  • Seeing subgingivally aids in determining the cause of undisclosed pain due to root fractures, subgingival caries, root resorption, post perforations, even extruded gutta percha
  • Endoscopic vision gives you “clinical restorative peace of mind”
  • The dentist can deliver cosmetic and crown & bridge cases with the confidence that a hidden root problem won’t lead to a failed foundation and a costly remake
  • Accurately determine whether a crown margin is open or decayed, as well as visualize residual cement that can lead to soft tissue inflammation
  • Subgingival sight immediately allows a practitioner to become a better root diagnostician

Effective Minimally Invasive Periodontal Therapy

  • Finally a way to treat the hundreds of perio patients in your practice with 4+ mm pockets
  • Scaling under direct visualization gives clinicians the ability to provide definitive root debridement
  • Definitive treatment generally leads to the healthiest possible tissue response
  • Optional two-handed technique with your instrumentation of choice—mini-scalers, diamond files, micro-ultrasonics— let’s you directly observe and remove deposits

High Patient Acceptance

  • Perioscopy is a comfortable and well-tolerated minimally-invasive procedure
  • Most patients who are aware they are periodontally-involved are compelled by a way to save their teeth that can possibly avoid surgery
  • The dental endoscopy option gives your patients the choice to be treated in the setting where they are most comfortable – your office
  • Patients are motivated to proceed with Perioscopy when they literally see the calculus, plaque or furcation on the monitor (observed in a hand mirror)
  • Advanced perio patients especially are thrilled to have a viable option other than surgery (particularly those who have already experienced flap surgery)
  • Of course, patients with severe localized or aaggressive periodontal disease will often still benefit clinically from being appropriate specialty referral
  • Pleased patients will enthusiastically tell family members, coworkers and friends

Perioscopy Procedures Create New Incremental Revenue

  • A Perioscopy-trained hygienist typically performs most of the scaling by sight procedures
  • Perioscopy fees are significantly higher than traditional prophy or scaling and root planing
  • Typically a $200+ increase in production is generated for every hour the DV2 is used
  • When the DV2 unit is not being used for a diagnostic exam by the doctor, it will not sit in a corner, but instead will frequently be in use by the hygiene department (generating income)

Periodontal Diagnostic and Therapeutic Skills Will Improve

  • Dentists and hygienists will be able to immediately improve upon the results of current periodontal therapy, seeing which instruments are most effective and how they adapt
  • Hygienists routinely report they’ve become better at traditional scaling and root planing

Hygienist Job Satisfaction and Loyalty Will Increase

  • Hygienists enjoy performing Perioscopy treatment and experience more job fulfillment
  • Hygienist involvement and commitment to the dentist will often strengthen
  • Hygienists will want to remain with an office that offers endoscopic services

Benefits of Perioscopy™ to the Periodontist

 

Reach Patients You Have Not Been Treating

  • Those patients who come to your office but fear or refuse surgery now become prime candidates for Perioscopy
  • Periodontist has the option to use Perioscopy exclusively for minimally-invasive treatment, as an adjunct to flap surgery, or both
  • Patients referred by a general dentist who tells his/her patients you offer a less-invasive solution are more likely to actually walk into your office
  • Patients are likely to proceed with Perioscopy treatment when they literally see the calculus, furcation or root fracture on the monitor in front of them during an exam
  • Involved staff, especially hygienists, will help spread the word from pleased patients

Strengthen Relationships between the Periodontist and Referring Dentists

  • Dentists will preferentially refer cases to the periodontist in their community known to give their patients the best available and least-invasive treatment
  • Referring docs will increasingly send their best patients and biggest perio cases to the leading-edge periodontist who has embraced Perioscopy
  • Teaching a referral base about the technology will encourage Perioscopy-aware dentists to send over patients with suspected subgingival problems for spot-diagnosis
  • A Perioscopy look-see allows a dentist worried about a big C&B case the peace-of-mind that a fracture, caries or other root problem won’t lead to a costly remake
  • Can tell the dentist with certainty whether a crown margin is open and leaking

Perioscopy Procedures Create New Incremental Revenue

  • A Perioscopy-trained hygienist performs most or all of the procedures
  • Perioscopy fees are significantly higher than traditional scaling and root planing
  • Typically a $200+ increase in production is generated for every hour the DV2 is used

Clinical Treatment Results and User Skills Will Improve

  • Both periodontist and hygienist will be able to immediately see and gauge the results of SRP and traditional procedures
  • Periodontist is also able to see exactly where other non-invasive therapies are being applied and better monitor how they are progressing
  • Superclean Perioscopy root surfaces are highly likely to reduce or stop tissue inflammation
  • Periodontist can visualize and remove deposits on roof of furcation during flap surgery
  • Hygienists will inherently become better at traditional scaling and root planing
  • Because hygienist performs most Perioscopy procedures, the periodontist can focus efforts on preferred procedures like dental implants, bone grafts, GTR, etc.

Hygienist Loyalty Will Increase

  • Hygienists look forward to performing Perioscopy treatment
  • Hygienist involvement and commitment to the periodontist will strengthen
  • Hygienists will look to stay long-term with an office that offers Perioscopy