How pinhole surgery can help Turlock area residents suffering from gum infections
Have you ever noticed bleeding from the gums while brushing your teeth? Many people dismiss it as normal, assuming they are brushing their teeth too hard. The truth is, bleeding of the gums is never normal and can be an early symptom of infection in the gums. If you are experiencing gums that are hard, red or swollen, chronic bad breath, or bleeding of the gums, you may be entering the earliest stage of gum disease.
Gum disease is an infection of the gums that can eventually lead to irreversible damage to the mouth, if not treated early. Unfortunately, symptoms of gum disease are often hard to notice, and therefore, many patients do not receive care until the disease has progressed.
It is important for all patients to understand that blood while brushing the teeth, inflamed gums, and teeth that are loose or shifting out of place are not normal and need to be evaluated.
Two stages of gum disease
Stage One: Gingivitis
Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease. It can often be treated with a professional cleaning and improving oral hygiene at home.
Stage Two: Periodontitis
Once gingivitis has gone untreated for a while, it will begin to progress. Bacteria-laden plaque left on the teeth forms tartar, which causes the gums to become inflamed. Eventually the gums will begin to separate from the teeth, leaving large pockets or holes that are extremely susceptible to infection. When this happens, the infection can spread, affecting the bone and tissue in the mouth. Teeth will also begin to shift and possibly fall out or require extraction.
Treatment for periodontitis can be complicated and often involves surgical intervention. Dr. Ramsin K. Davoud in Turlock, CA is a proud biological dentist who focuses on performing appropriate surgical treatments. When patients have experienced gum recession, they will often speak to a dental professional about restoring the smile back to its original appearance with gum grafting. However, there is a better way for treating the gums after recession – pinhole surgery.
What is pinhole surgery?
Pinhole surgery is an alternative to traditional gum grafting. It is performed with a special instrument that loosens and stretches the gum tissue over the natural teeth which leads to an improved overall appearance.
How is the pinhole surgery performed?
The idea behind the pinhole technique is that a small pinhole is made to loosen the gum tissues. This is done to eliminate the need for grafting tissue donated from the patient’s upper palate, which is typically done to rebuild the gums. The pinhole technique is a better way for individuals to achieve attractive gum appearance and alignment without invasive surgical options. Most patients are appropriate candidates for the treatment, and this can be determined during an initial evaluation appointment and consultation with Dr. Davoud and his team.
What are the advantages of using the pinhole surgical technique?
Patients who move forward with pinhole surgery will enjoy the following benefits:
- Faster healing than traditional gum grafting
- Less discomfort, pain, bleeding and swelling
- No sutures, incisions, or scalpels required
- No removal of donor tissue from the palate
- Long-lasting, natural results
- Performed under anesthetics and sedation
Do you believe pinhole surgery is right for you?
Patients who experience pain and bleeding in the mouth and who are interested in treating gum recession are welcome to visit Dr. Ramsin K. Davoud to discuss the benefits of pinhole surgery for gum disease in Turlock CA. Patients in and around the community can call (209) 666-8867 and visit the practice located at 1840 N. Olive Ave suite #2. The facility is equipped with the latest technologies and most advanced solutions in the area, along with experienced and professional staff that ensures that the best possible services are always available. By evaluation of the mouth for potential infection earlier, patients improve their chances of treating gum disease and avoiding tooth loss.