When you suffer from periodontal disease, this could lead to serious trouble for your smile, as these tissues frame and support your smile. For many, this could lead to gum recession and make your teeth appear longer or uneven. The risk of tooth loss increases too! In today’s blog, your Encinitas/San Diego, CA, periodontist talks about correcting gum recession with pinhole gum grafts.
The Causes of Gum Recession
Our gums could recede due to a number of different factors. For example, if you’re too aggressive when brushing your teeth, this could cause the tissues to recede. However, the most common cause is periodontal disease. This impacts half of people over the age of 30, and could lead to recession, as well as redness, soreness, and bleeding. The disease will grow in severity unless treated, which could lead to adult tooth loss eventually. Which is why when you notice any changes to your gingival tissues, we urge you to let us know right away. We will offer an accurate and precise diagnosis with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras, so we can create a treatment plan to bring relief, such as the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) using advanced laser dentistry.
Pinhole Gum Grafts
The procedure is more conservative than traditional pinhole gum grafts, and can be completed without the use of scalpels or sutures. Instead, a minuscule hole is created in the healthy portions of the gums, and is used to loosen tissues and then use them to cover the exposed portions of the teeth. This helps reverse the impact of periodontal disease, and protects exposed roots from developing tooth decay or infection. The procedure also improves the beauty of your smile too! Moving forward, we can help keep the disease in check with traditional cleanings every three to four months.
Our team employs laser dentistry to create the pinholes for the treatment, which means no need for cuts to heal and no damage to surrounding healthy tissues. There is little to no bleeding, no swelling, and no need for sutures afterward. There is a high likelihood of success with the integration of your tissues, and this prevents periodontal disease from reaching a more advanced stage. You also rarely require the use of any anesthesia.
If you have any questions about the procedure, or about managing periodontal concerns to protect the health and stability of your smile, then contact our team today to learn more.
Your Encinitas/San Diego, CA Periodontist Offers Healthier Smiles
We would like to help you avoid the problems related to periodontal disease. If you would like to find out more about avoiding the impact of poor oral health, then please call Dr. Kania’s laser periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.