Gum Disease Therapy
Protecting Your Gums and More
If you were to ask most people on the street what they thought the most common dental problem is today, they’d mostly likely say cavities. However, the answer is actually gum disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 50% of the US adult population currently has a form of gum disease, and that number is even higher in other places around the world. It is an infection that affects the gums and other structures surrounding the teeth. It starts very subtly with simple inflammation and redness, but eventually it can develop into the leading cause of tooth loss in the world!
This why Dr. Scott Quandt and our team will always keep an eye on your gums during your regular checkups. If you show any signs of the disease, we’ll be able to quickly and effectively treat it using the range of treatments we’ve outlined below.
Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique
One of the most common symptoms of gum disease is actually gum recession. As bacteria gathers on and along the gum line, it can literally start to break the tissue down, gradually revealing more of your teeth. This not only can negatively affect the appearance of your teeth, making them look abnormally long, but it can also make them much more likely to decay and fall out.
This is because gum recession exposes the sensitive enamel around the roots of your teeth, which is actually much thinner and weaker than it is on the crown. This allows plaque and bacteria to gather directly on them, as well as break down the actual bone that is supporting your tooth. In the end, this causes them to become loose, unstable, and they’ll eventually just fall out.
To counteract this kind of problem, the most common solution has typically been a surgical procedure called a gum graft. For this, your doctor would use donated tissue to replace the receded tissue in order to restore your smile’s health and appearance. Most of the time, the donated tissue would be “harvested” from a patient’s own mouth, most likely from the roof, and it would then be sutured into place along the gum line.
This procedure is often very uncomfortable for a patient because it requires multiple incisions and sutures in very sensitive areas. After the donated tissue has been placed, a patient would have to be extremely careful whenever they ate or brushed their teeth as to not disturb the healing process.
Fortunately, at Dental Designs by Quandt, we have a much simpler and patient-friendly approach to this issue, and it’s called the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique.
Dental lasers were first introduced into dentistry around 1994, and today, they are one of the most useful tools we have. Using dental lasers, we can now perform sensitive gum disease treatments faster and more painlessly than ever. Previously, treating gum disease would typically involve something called a deep cleaning, in which your doctor would literally scrape away the bacteria from around and below your gum line. As you can imagine, this could be very uncomfortable for patients.
However, with our dental laser’s highly-concentrated beam of light, we can almost instantly vaporize harmful bacteria on the gum line in a matter of seconds. Not only can it completely eliminate the infection, but the light itself is so precise that it will leave the surrounding healthy tissue alone, which will help minimize any post-treatment discomfort and speed up recovery. It is even able to cauterize nerve endings and blood vessels as it works, which is why we often don’t need to use local anesthesia, and patients experience little to no bleeding.
Another part of our strategy to eliminate gum disease involves a topical antibiotic. For this, Dr. Quandt will use a syringe to gently spread a powerful antibiotic directly onto your infected gums. Once there, it will harden and slowly dissolve over the next 7 days. This allows the medicine to seep deep down into your gums and reach even the most hidden bacteria. This, along with your oral hygiene routine at home, should be plenty to get your gum disease under control.
If you have red, swollen, tender, or painful gums that bleed whenever you clean your teeth, then you may already have gum disease. To prevent it from spreading and damaging your smile, be sure to contact us today so we can quickly treat it.