You may hardly notice that first drop of blood shows up in your spittle while brushing. But a bit more of it, and it might send you into a panic. However, there are lots of things a periodontist, a doctor specializing in treating gum disease, can do to help you keep your gum disease under control, before it devolves and starts to generate irrepressible damage. Take a look at some of the common procedures an experienced periodontist will offer to help you keep your gum disease under control.
Gum Grafting Solutions
Gum recession is one of the telltale signs indicating that gingivitis, gum disease in its early stages, has progressed to periodontitis, gum disease in its advanced stages.
When gum recession occurs, the teeth appear to be getting longer because gum disease is eating away at the gum tissue.
An experienced periodontist will offer multiple solutions for treating gum recession:
Pinhole Surgical Technique – the periodontist will create a pin-sized hole inside of your gums and will use that hole to draw your gums forward. It’s the least invasive gum grafting option.
Allen Technique – the periodontist will make tunnels above or below where the gums are receding and will push new gum material into those tunnels, extending your gumline.
Conventional Gum Grafting – for the most severe of cases, your periodontist may insist on conventional gum grafting. This approach entails taking healthy gum tissue from another area of the mouth and grafting it along the receding gum line.
When periodontitis is allowed to fester, it will eventually cause teeth to fall out and jawbone to deteriorate. Osseous surgery offers a way back from the inevitable decay.
After you receive a dose of a local anesthetic, your dentist will fold back the gum and begin to remove decay hard and soft tissue from and around the roots of your teeth. Your dentist will smooth over the roots of the teeth and then stitch the gums back in place, unless significant bone loss is discovered. If there is significant bone loss, your dentist may perform a bone graft to regenerate bone in the area.
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