Patients with severe gum disease can have serious complications if the condition is left untreated. In the first stages, gum disease is called gingivitis, and you may only notice tender, swollen gums and a little bit of bleeding when you brush or floss. As it progresses, it becomes periodontitis which is a serious condition where the gums pull away from the teeth sometimes exposing the tooth root and introducing many health risks. Some respiratory illnesses, heart disease and diabetes have been linked to untreated gum disease so seeing a periodontist is about more than just keeping your mouth healthy.
As gum disease gets worse, the gums recede, and the tooth’s root is often exposed. This allows for tooth decay and bacteria to get at the tooth under the gum line. At this point, the tooth may become loose and bone loss is a concern.
Dr. Amato offers the Pinhole Surgical Technique in Monroe, CT, an innovative new way to treat gum disease and gum recession. During the procedure, a small hole is made in the existing gum tissue. This hole is called a pinhole and allows for access to the gum tissue. With the help of special instruments, the gums are loosened and moved to cover exposed roots.
With the Pinhole Surgical Technique, there is no need for incisions, scalpels, sutures or grafts. This minimizes the risks to the patient and allows for more patients to benefit from treatment for serious gum disease. Some of the benefits of this treatment include:
- Faster recovery
- Less discomfort after treatment for the patient
- No required invasive surgical tools
- No need for donor tissue
- Results are natural-looking and long-lasting
At Advanced Periodontics and Dental Implant Center of Connecticut, we are proud to offer this valuable option to our patients with receding gums. No matter what stage your gum recession is at, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us today to learn more.