Improving Smiles With Gum Grafts

encinitas gum graftingWhen your gum tissues begin to recede, this could mean a greater risk of periodontitis, as well as cavities and even dental infection. There could also be negative issues with the appearance of your smile too! Which is why your Encinitas/San Diego, CA, periodontist offers the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ to correct receding tissues and reshape your gum line.

When a Smile Needs Grafting

When we have periodontal disease and the issue reaches a more advanced stage, this could cause tissues to pull away from the teeth. Your teeth then appear longer and uneven, and the exposed portions of the root could allow tooth decay and infection to develop, causing painful symptoms. At this stage, you’re also more likely to develop tooth loss, as the disease severs the tissues between your gums and teeth. To cover the exposed portions of the teeth and help manage the disease to prevent tooth loss, you may need gum grafts. Instead of traditional gum grafts, we have a more conservative alternative known as the Pinhole Surgical Technique™.

The Pinhole Surgical Technique

The procedure is minimally invasive and still corrects your receding tissues to improve both the health and appearance of your smile. Our team will prepare the smile by removing buildup for the teeth and then making a miniscule pinhole in the gums. We insert a special collagen material, which we then use to manipulate the gums until they cover the exposed teeth. We reshape the gum line in the process to ensure proper esthetics and a more attractive smile. The procedure can be completed in only one visit, and you can usually return to normal activity after 24 to 48 hours. Moving forward, we can help manage periodontal disease with preventive care!

Protecting Your New Smile

Our team could recommend a cleaning or Periodontal Supportive Maintenance every three to four months to remove plaque and tartar to control inflammation and keep the disease in a more manageable state. We also have holistic treatments, such as Ozone Therapy and antibiotics, to help control periodontal concerns. At home, you should brush and floss, avoid tobacco products, and eat a healthy diet too. These actions not only protect your gingival tissues, but your teeth too. Now is a great time to schedule a visit as you can use your remaining 2023 dental benefits and health savings funds before they expire at the end of the month.

If you have any questions about our treatment options, then please contact our team today to learn more.

Do You Need Periodontal Treatment?

We would like to offer a conservative solution to your gum recession! If you would like to find out more about our noninvasive treatment options, then please call Dr. Kania’s laser periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.