Visualization for Minimally Invasive Periodontal Therapy
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© 2015 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All rights reserved. Minimally invasive periodontal therapy is designed to access and visualize only the areas that require periodontal treatment using the smallest incision possible. This has been made possible by technologic advances for visualization without the necessity of large incisions and flap elevation. This chapter explores the options currently available for visualization. The advantages and disadvantages of each are discussed. The very nature of closed root planing demands that visualization of the treatment site uses a visualization technology that can be placed into an intact pocket without a surgical incision. To date, there is a single device, the periodontal endoscope which was developed in the 1990s, that will allow for this approach. Small incision periodontal surgery has traditionally used either a surgical microscope or surgical telescopes. A videoscope designed for the nonsurgical exploration of the kidney has recently been modified for use in videoscope-assisted minimally invasive periodontal surgery (V-MIS).
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Minimally Invasive Periodontal Therapy