When you suffer from periodontal disease, this could eventually lead to gum recession. Receding tissues could leave the smile vulnerable to worsening disease and tooth decay, possibly even tooth loss. Fortunately, your Encinitas/San Diego, CA, periodontist can offer a minimally invasive treatment option with the Pinhole Surgical Technique.
Periodontal Disease and Gum Recession
When we develop periodontal disease and the issue reaches a more advanced stage, this could cause tissues to pull away from the teeth. As they recede, this exposes sensitive root portions of the teeth, which can in turn cause tooth decay and dental infection. As the disease grows in severity, this could also lead to adult tooth loss. To bring the advanced stage of the disease into a more manageable state, and to also correct receding tissues, we can offer treatment with a Pinhole Surgical Technique®, a unique form of gum grafting that employs advanced laser dentistry in the process.
PST Gum Grafting
The PST is a conservative option that provides improvement without the need for scalpels or sutures. Since there are no incisions, the area heals quickly and you can return to your normal activities in a much shorter time frame. To begin, we will employ dental lasers to trim away diseased tissues and allow healthy ones to adhere to the teeth again. We then make a tiny hole in the gums, and use this to manipulate the tissues and cover the exposed portions of the tooth. Your smile looks more attractive, and moving forward we can use preventive treatments to help keep the disease in check and prevent further recession or tooth loss. The procedure requires no sutures afterward, and the risk of swelling and bleeding is minimal. Your smile will look great, and the risk of infection or worsening disease is much lower.
Protecting Your Smile
Moving forward, we can discuss good at-home oral hygiene habits to protect your oral health and manage the disease. We will also see you for checkup and cleaning to remove plaque and tartar as well. These preventive treatments help you maintain gum health, so even though the disease is still present, you’re not developing receding tissues or tooth loss. If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat issues like periodontal disease, or about our use of advanced dental lasers, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you enjoy a whole and healthy smile.
Your Encinitas/San Diego, CA Periodontist Treats Receding Gums
When you experience the warning signs of advanced disease, we can help protect your smile. If you would like to find out more about the Pinhole Surgical Technique, then please call Dr. Kania’s laser periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.