Have you been told you lack supportive soft tissue surrounding your teeth due to severe gum disease (periodontitis)? Healthy gum and bone tissue is needed to hold your teeth in place. Even if teeth are failing or you’ve lost teeth, you’ll require healthy tissue to provide a stable base for future dental implants.
Soft-Tissue Regeneration and Reconstruction
If gum disease is still in early stages, which we call gingivitis, we can often treat it with non-surgical methods which help heal infected gum tissue. Techniques including root planing and scaling help remove plaque below the gum line.
Sometimes gum recession is seen as just an esthetic situation. But when periodontal “pockets” worsen, you may require treatment, with a variety of techniques and materials used to cover exposed roots and correct various periodontal issues, all available at this practice.
Laser Treatments Are Minimally Invasive
With the assistance of our PerioLase MVP-7 laser, we can zap diseased tissue and bacteria away without damaging any healthy tissue. LANAP® treats gum disease as well as ailing implants and helps facilitate new, healthy tissue growth. The discomfort level is minimal, and we can sometimes even save otherwise “hopeless” teeth. Osseous surgery (also known as resective surgery) is more invasive but is also effective and available.
Pinhole® for Gum Recession
If tooth roots are starting to show, you probably are experiencing gingival (gum) recession. Oftentimes, gum recession first presents as a result of overzealous tooth brushing. We can treat gum recession with Pinhole®, an innovative scalpel-free, and minimally invasive procedure with great results that can often be achieved in as little as one visit.
Gingival grafts also address recession. By using autogenous tissue (from your own body) and/or other biomaterials, we cover the exposed portion of the tooth root. We also address recession with bioactive gel in conjunction with bone graft material to promote regeneration of gum tissue.
Individuals who think their teeth look excessively short and that too much of their gums are showing may simply have too much gum tissue hiding their smile. “Gummy smiles,” as this situation is often referred, is treated with procedures such as crown lengthening, gingivectomy/gum lift and lip repositioning which help create a more proportionately visible amount of gum, teeth and lip.
Call our office today to treat the damage caused by gum disease, or tackle gum recession. Learn about regeneration material and techniques and see what other safe and effective treatments we can suggest to help you once again achieve a healthy, fully functional and confident smile.