Dallas Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Fortunately, gum disease treatment can be highly effective in reducing the severity of the condition and saving your teeth. If you are experiencing loose teeth, painful, swollen, or bleeding gums, or if you have persistent bad breath, you should see a dentist about gum disease treatment.
This page explains some of the basics of gum disease treatment, but the only way to know what treatments are right for you is to have your gums evaluated in person. Please call us at (817) 481-6888 or email Grapevine Dental Care in Grapevine today to have Dr. Coats evaluate your oral health.
Understanding Gum Disease
Gum disease occurs when the parasitic bacteria in your mouth begin to establish colonies at or below your gum line. The same acid secretions that can damage your teeth to cause cavities can damage the gums, causing them to become red, swollen, and vulnerable.
As the bacteria population grows, the acid can cause your gums to separate from your teeth, which makes more room for more bacteria, leading to even worse separation. Eventually, the bacterial acid begins to attack the bones under your gums and around your teeth. This leads to loose teeth and, eventually, tooth loss.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
You can identify gum disease if you have these symptoms:
- Red, tender, or swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Sensitive teeth, especially when you drink hot or cold liquids
- Painful chewing
- Food gets stuck around teeth
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums (your teeth look longer)
The number of symptoms you have depends on the severity of your gum disease. It’s best to get gum disease treated in the early stages.
Preventing and Treating Gum Disease
Preventing gum disease is typically just a question of good oral hygiene. This means brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing your teeth daily, and getting a general dentistry checkup every six months or so.
Treating gum disease in the early stages is basically just the same as an extended checkup or cleaning. Hardened plaque, called tartar or calculus, will be removed, and you will be encouraged to improve your daily hygiene routine.
More advanced gum disease treatment may include cleaning below the gumline, smoothing the tooth roots, and applying targeted antibiotics.
In extreme cases, surgery may be necessary, including gum grafting, to reconstruct your gum tissue. We may refer you to a periodontal specialist when necessary.
Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique
A breakthrough treatment for gum recession
What is gum recession?
Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gumline. This can occur as a result of periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, advanced periodontitis), the natural aging process, or abrasive habits when it comes to brushing the teeth.
Why should gum recession be taken seriously?
When gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed. This means that tooth decay and other problems can affect the teeth along the gumline and beneath it. Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is important for lasting dental wellness.
What is the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST)?
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST is incision and suture free.
All of the tools and techniques used to perform the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique were created by Dr. John Chao, and who trained our doctor.
How does the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) differ from traditional gum grafting?
Traditional gum recession treatments involve the use of donor tissue or soft tissue grafts in order to rebuild the gumline. This soft tissue would be sutured in place and would join with existing gum tissue as it healed.
While this traditional grafting treatment is effective, comparable results with better patient experience can be achieved through the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique.
How is Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) performed?
During the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, a needle is used to make a small hole in the patient’s existing gum tissue. Through this pinhole, special instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue. These tools help expand and slide the gumline to cover the exposed root structure.
There are no grafts, no sutures, and no incisions needed with the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. It simply involves the adjustment of the existing tissue.
What are the benefits of Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST)?
The benefits of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique are many:
• Less discomfort for the patient after treatment
• Faster recovery for the patient than traditional grafting
• No need for uncomfortable sutures
• No need for scalpels or invasive surgical tools
• No need to take donor tissue from the patient’s palate
• Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results