Rejuvenating Gum Surgery
There is a wide range of procedures at the disposal of dentist for the treatment of periodontal diseases and conditions. When multiple treatment choices are available, the American Academy of Periodontology supports the use of the most minimally invasive and cost-efficient option. Often, this means that patients can undergo non-surgical treatments to restore periodontal health. Examples of non-surgical periodontal treatments include:
- Scaling and Root Planing – This procedure is used to remove bacteria and built-up tartar from deep within the gum pockets surrounding the teeth. It usually involves supplemental therapy, such as the use of topical antibiotics.
- Tray Delivery – Used to treat periodontal disease, tray delivery systems are at-home antibiotic treatments used in pre-measured trays.
Did you know…
that periodontal disease is a serious epidemic throughout the U.S.? Although the disease is not contagious, it can be found in half of all adults over the age of 30. According to the Centers for Disease Control, periodontal disease can range from mild (gingivitis) to severe (periodontitis). Approximately 16 percent of Americans have either the mildest or most severe forms of periodontal disease, leaving about 30 percent with a moderately advance case of the disease.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for non-surgical periodontal treatment?
Only your dentist can tell you if you are a candidate for non-surgical periodontal treatment. However, non-surgical treatments are typically only available to patients with mild to moderate periodontal disease. Schedule a consultation with your dentist to find out if non-surgical treatment is right for you.
What should I expect during a non-surgical periodontal treatment?
Your experience will vary depending on the type of treatment you receive. If you have especially mild periodontal disease, you may be given a custom-fitted tray delivery system for use at home. However, many patients undergo in-office scaling and root planing. During this procedure, you’ll be given a local anesthetic to prevent discomfort, and a small probe will be used to remove tartar and smooth the tooth’s root to prevent bacteria build-up.
Will I need to follow any special instructions following non-surgical periodontal treatment?
In the days following your scaling and root planing treatment, you may experience heightened tooth sensitivity. Use a sensitivity toothpaste and try to eat only soft foods to prevent pain. If you were prescribed antibiotic, be sure to take it according to your periodontist’s instructions.
Pinhole Gum Surgery
Until recently, the only dental treatment that was available to treat patients undergoing a gum recession was either using skin grafts or sutures. Major advancements made in dental surgery saw the invention of the pinhole surgical technique.
This technique involves creating a needle size hole, to treat gum recession, instead of the conventional use of sutures and scalpels for the same treatment. Skyview Dentistry doctor, Dr. Seti Byrd, has been well-trained and is qualified to perform pinhole gum surgeries, in her Charlotte, NC clinic.
Gum recession is a dental condition whereby you experience a loss of gum tissue along your gum line. This occurs due to various factors, which include aging, abrasive brushing of teeth or periodontal diseases.
According to Dr. Byrd, a pinhole gum surgery is a minimally invasive technique, since there are no incisions made. Thus, you can expect a faster healing process, reduced bleeding, with minimal post-operative pain.
Other notable benefits of a pinhole gum surgery include an instant cosmetic enhancement of your teeth and the fact that a dentist is able to treat several areas at once.
Did you know…
that the pinhole gum surgery is also referred to as The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique? This is because Dr. Chao patented the technique when he developed it. He also created all the tools and approaches which are used to perform the surgery.
Am I The Right Candidate For A Pinhole Gum Surgery?
Gum recession is a condition that should be taken seriously because it can cause other tooth problems such as decay, which will upset your dental wellness.
Patients with gum recession who prefer less invasive surgeries, that guarantee less pain and a speedy recovery process, are the best candidates for a pinhole gum surgery.
However, it’s important that you maintain a positive attitude throughout the treatment period, and have realistic expectations of the surgery.
What Should I Expect During The Treatment?
During this treatment, your dentist will use a small thin needle to make a small hole in your existing gum tissue. Special instruments are used through this pinhole, to loosen your gum tissue gently, by sliding and expanding your gum line to fully cover the exposed root structure.
Your dentist will not use grafts, incisions or sutures for this procedure. Rather, only an adjustment of your existing gum tissue is required. There is minimal damage caused to the gum tissue. Additionally, this is a short-length surgery, and your dentist may only take a few minutes to work on each tooth.
Are There Post Treatment Instructions I Should Follow?
You may require no downtime following the surgery, since this is a less invasive procedure. There is minimal puncture wound on the affected tissue, which translates to a shorter healing time. Therefore, you can return to your normal routine and activities right after your surgery.
You may also experience some swelling and discomfort around the treated site. Your dentist will recommend using icepacks on the area to reduce the inflammation. Additionally, you should avoid eating crunchy foods for the first few days, and brushing the affected site until the side effects have minimized.
To get further information about this technique, feel free to contact us today!