Periodontal disease occurs when the gums in your mouth start to recede and shift away from surrounding teeth, usually caused by gum disease and insufficient dental care and maintenance. The recess and wear in gum lines expose the sensitive root areas to open air resulting in the possibility of chronic infection. The gap between the gum and teeth makes a pocket that creates room for bacteria to collect and build up, damaging the enamel protecting sensitive root ends, and causing plaque and inflammation.
The process of the gums receding is a long one, where the gum tissue wears down gradually. For most patients the disease goes unnoticed and untreated until the symptoms become extremely severe. Some of these symptoms include increased sensitivity around the root of the tooth and other cosmetic issues.
Since your gums are the only barrier protecting the sensitive root of the teeth from bacteria and other infectious elements, it is imperative that you get the disease treated as soon as possible. At Nu Image, we can provide you with tissue grafting treatments done by our experienced and professional periodontist, Dr. Hana Hobbs.
Inflamed and receding gums caused by periodontal disease can be treated and fixed by reattaching the worn gum tissue to a donor tissue and allowing them to naturally heal and fuse together. We offer three tissue grafting treatments:
This form of treatment for receding gums is the most commonly used. It involves cutting the skin on the roof of the mouth so a small section of tissue can be removed from underneath. The skin is then stitched back and the tissue graft is stitched to the gums. Over time the graft and gums fuse together to grow a higher gum line.
This treatment works similarly to connective tissue gum grafting, but instead of removing tissue from underneath the skin, the graft is obtained directly from the roof of the mouth. This procedure is mostly employed on patients who have naturally thin gums.
Used for patients with minor damage and tissue loss, pedicle gum grafting involves obtaining a gum graft directly from healthy gum tissue. A flap of gum tissue is cut from the gums and is pulled to cover the receding gum line and sewn in place. The graft is then left to heal and reattach naturally.
Unlike traditional grafting techniques, the pinhole technique is scalpel and suture free, a great minimally invasive option for treating gum disease.