One impact of untreated periodontal disease is gum recession, which exposes more vulnerable portions of the teeth to cause tooth decay and infection, and could lead to the advanced stage of periodontal disease. The risk of tooth loss increases with time! Fortunately, we can help. In today’s blog, your Encinitas/San Diego, CA, periodontist talks about treatment with the Pinhole Surgical Technique.
The Cause of Gum Recession
What causes our gum to recede? With periodontal disease, as the disease reaches a more advanced stage, the tissues could pull further and further away from the teeth. This exposes the sensitive root structure to harmful oral bacteria, leaving your smile more vulnerable to tooth decay and dental infection. The risk of periodontitis, the stage linked to tooth loss, increases as well. Lack of treatment to address the concern could lead to painful symptoms and missing teeth. In the past, this could be treated with a gum graft, in which we cover the receded portions with tissue taken from other parts of your smile. but we have a unique version that addresses recession, managing periodontal disease and improving smile beauty, with laser technology and minimally invasive treatment.
The Pinhole Surgical Technique
With the Pinhole Surgical Technique, we can treat receding gums without the need for sutures or scalpels. Instead, we will simply make a minuscule hole in the tissues with laser dentistry, and then use unique equipment to manipulate and alter the position of the gums to cover the vulnerable portions of tooth structure. We then add a collagen material between the gums and roots, which promotes healing and allows the healthy tissues to reattach to your teeth.
Using lasers instead of scalpels means there is no need for sutures, so the area heals much quicker. In addition, there is little risk of soreness, bleeding, and swelling too. Many people return to normal routines after only a day or two of rest. The procedure improves the overall beauty of your smile, and helps us manage periodontitis to prevent tooth loss. This can fight future inflammation too, and preserves more of your natural gum tissues.
If you have any questions about addressing your gum recession with this procedure, then contact our team today. We look forward to helping you obtain a beautiful and healthy smile again.
Talk To Your Encinitas/San Diego, CA Periodontist About Treating Gum Recession
You don’t have to live with the harmful impacts of periodontal disease, we can help. If you would like to learn more about improving the health and beauty of your smile, then call Dr. Kania’s office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711. Your periodontal tissues frame your smile and support your teeth, so keeping them healthy preserves the beauty, function, and health of your smile!