Although dentists, doctors, and the media seem to emphasize the importance of cavities, in actual reality, cavities rarely lead to tooth loss or severe dental disease. The most common reason for tooth loss is gum disease. If you’re ready to restore your gums, consider the benefits of utilizing the pinhole surgical technique at the office of Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS in Asheville.
What are the Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth. When it only affects the gums, it is called gingivitis; when it invades into deeper structures, it is called periodontal disease. Smoking, diabetes, immune system problems, an unhealthy high-sugar diet, poor dental hygiene, and an inherited predisposition can all contribute to the development of gum disease. Symptoms of gum disease include receding gums, bleeding and swollen gums, bad breath, and loosening teeth.
What Treatments are Available?
Early gum disease can sometimes be treated with improved dental hygiene, smoking cessation, and antibiotic administration. For severe cases, surgical treatments may be necessary, such as deep surgical cleaning of infected tissues and invasive gum grafts. However, a new process called the pinhole surgical technique may eliminate the need for these highly invasive and uncomfortable procedures.
What is Pinhole Surgery?
The pinhole surgical technique involves a minimally-invasive procedure that is intended to replace invasive gum grafts for individuals affected by gum disease that is causing receding gums. The entire mouth can be treated during this simple procedure. After the teeth are cleaned, a tiny hole is made in the gum above each affected tooth, and through the use of special instruments, the existing gum is moved down and grafted into place. It is then anchored into place using fine collagen strips that are inserted through the tiny hole. No incisions are made and no sutures are used. The collagen strips induce regeneration of the gums and are gradually absorbed by the body.
In most cases, the treatment results in permanent correction of receding gums and stabilization of the teeth. However, patients with risk factors for gum disease such as smoking and poor oral hygiene may experience a recurrence of gum disease that may require additional treatment.
Make an Appointment Today
You can get more information about the pinhole surgical technique during a dental appointment at the office of Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS in Asheville. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for gum rejuvenation!