What Is Periodontics?

Periodontics is a subfield of general dentistry concerned with preventing, diagnosing, and treating gingivitis and other inflammatory diseases affecting the gums. If you are diagnosed with periodontitis, you probably have small spaces, or visible “pockets”, separating your teeth and gum line from receding gums caused by advanced gingivitis. Unless treated by our periodontist specialists, gingivitis could develop into periodontitis β€” a serious oral disease resulting in extensive tooth decay and tooth loss.

What Causes Periodontitis?

When acidic bacteria accumulates over time on the teeth and gums, it starts to erode and infect dental enamel and gum tissues. Unless removed by daily brushing and flossing and having a professional cleaning every six months, this bacterial biofilm hardens into plaque and tartar. These substances are responsible for tooth decay, tooth loss, and gum disease.

Poor oral hygiene, smoking, and eating foods high in carbohydrates and sugars are the primary causes of periodontitis. When plaque is allowed to remain on teeth, it mixes with saliva to eventually form tartar, an even harder substance than plaque that only your periodontist can remove. Symptoms of periodontal disease include loose teeth, halitosis, swollen gums that bleed, receding gums, and noticeable yellowing of teeth.

Procedures Offered by Our Gum Specialists

Severe gum disease may damage gum tissue enough to cause them to droop over the tops of your teeth. Additionally, leaving diseased gum tissue in contact with teeth only contributes to the growth of oral bacteria. Your Dental Beauty gum specialist can remove diseased portions of your gums and also make your smile the best it’s ever been by eliminating a “gummy” smile with periodontal pinhole surgery.

Pinhole Surgery

Pinhole gum surgery is a minimally invasive treatment option to repair receding gums while restoring their normal appearance. During a pinhole gum procedure, a periodontist makes a tiny incision above areas of gum recession. This incision allows a gum specialist to move undamaged gum tissue down further to cover exposed teeth roots.

Advantages to pinhole gum surgery include:

● Incisions are so small they heal naturally. No scalpels or stitches are used during the procedure.
● When gum tissue has been moved over teeth roots, your Dental Beauty periodontist will insert collagen strips into incisions (pinholes) to secure gum position.
● Treatment is typically completed in one visit even when coverage of multiple teeth roots are involved.
● Discomfort following pinhole gum surgery is minimal. Minor swelling and bleeding are normal for a few days. Pain can be managed with over the counter products containing acetaminophen.

Good candidates for pinhole gum surgery are those with mild to moderate gum recession who do not have gingivitis or periodontal disease.

Contact Dental Beauty Today

Are you dealing with possible gum disease? In addition to gum bleeding, tooth sensitivity is another symptom of receding gums and gingivitis due to exposed teeth roots. Whatever your circumstances or concerns, rest assured you can rely on the best team of dentists and periodontist specialists in the area to get the treatment you need. For more information, contact Dental Beauty today!