Gum grafting is a surgical procedure that rebuilds your gum tissue after gum recession. Gums can recede due to gum disease, aggressive brushing, genetics, teeth grinding and a few other things. If your gums have receded, this can make your smile look imbalanced and lead to loose teeth, cavities and gum disease. With gum grafting at Quintero Periodontics, you can restore your smile and protect yourself from further oral health problems.
Gum disease is the leading cause of gum recession. About 68% of seniors have gum disease, so gum recession is a common problem in older patients. With our help, you can restore your gums, your smile, and your oral health.
In traditional gum grafting, Dr. Quintero will use a strip of tissue from the roof of your mouth. Then, he will fold back the gums and place this strip of tissue in the area where your gums have receded. Finally, he will clean and stitch the area. Over time, your gum tissue will heal around the grafted tissue, restoring the shape, size, and strength of your gums.
Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation is a revolutionary alternative to traditional gum surgery. The pinhole technique is an equally effective and more conservative procedure that eliminates having to use your own gum tissue, cutting and stitches. The Pinhole technique utilizes specialized tools that are placed through a minuscule “pinhole” in the gums. The tissue is then advanced over the recession and secured in place with collagen strips. Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation can be completed in a single appointment with immediate results and minimal downtime.
Once your appointment is over, you’ll be sent home to recover. You’ll need to come back to Quintero Periodontics for a few follow-ups over the following weeks and months. Dr. Quintero will check on your recovery and make sure everything looks good.
Gum grafting is used to fix receding gums typically caused by aggressive brushing or gum disease, but it can address gum recession due to any cause. Gum disease gradually infects and destroys your gum tissue, teeth, and jaw bone, so extensive gum disease can result in the loss of lots of gum tissue.
Gum grafting helps restore this missing tissue. It also helps “lock” your teeth into place, since damaged gums can raise the risk of tooth loosening and loss. That means gum grafting restores the appearance of your smile, and protects your oral health, too.
The pinhole surgical technique (PST) is a less-invasive alternative to traditional gum grafting. It doesn’t require invasive surgery, harvesting tissue from your mouth, or any incisions or sutures. Instead, it uses a small “pinhole” incision.”
Using a special instrument that’s placed into this incision, Dr. Quintero can move and reshape the gum tissue, putting it into a healthier position and restoring your gum tissue. Once that’s done, he will secure it in place with special collagen strips that encourage healing. Not only will you get great results, but it takes a lot less time to heal and recover, so you can get back to your normal routine more quickly.
Just like other types of gum grafting, pinhole surgery can help fix gum recession. However, pinhole surgery is usually utilized for generalized recession cases where many teeth have recession.
-Less gum tissue trauma and bleeding
-No need for scalpels, cutting, sutures, or tissue grafts
-High success rate and long-term results
-Multiple areas of gum recession treated at once
Typically, you’re a good candidate for pinhole surgery if you have a healthy mouth, you’re not a smoker, and your receding gums are more of a cosmetic issue than a health issue. However, the best way to find out if you’re a candidate is to work with an experienced periodontist like Dr. Quintero. Contact Quintero Periodontics to schedule an appointment today and get the help you need.
Patients who struggle with gum disease are at risk of experiencing tooth loss and other problems. Gingivitis is the first stage, which can be reversed with deep cleanings and diligent at-home care. Visiting the dentist for regular checkups will ensure that patients with gum disease can get control over their oral health before it becomes too late!
We recommend that patients with more advanced cases of gum disease schedule deep cleanings in frequent intervals of about every three months, which can halt the progression of periodontitis and preserve their oral health.
Oral cancer screenings are a crucial part of preventive oral health care routines. By catching oral cancer early before it spreads, can save a patient’s life. That’s why we always check for any potential signs of oral cancer at every bi-annual checkup.
At Quintero Periodontics, we will examine your mouth, gums, and other oral tissues, keeping an eye out for lesions, lumps, discolored patches, and other abnormalities. If anything looks unusual, a biopsy will be taken and sent to an oral pathologist for further analysis. Oral cancer is rare, but it’s important to be proactive and stay consistent with your oral healthcare routine, so your dentist can easily identify when something is wrong.
Grinding and clenching while sleeping is quite common. Night guards can be a great solution for this subconscious clenching. Night guards form a soft barrier to protect your teeth from the wear and tear that is caused by clenching and grinding. Your dentist will take an impression or scan your teeth to create your custom night guard. The impression or scan will be sent to a dental lab where your night guard will be made. The night guard eases the tension between your jaw muscles and alleviates the painful side effects of clenching and grinding, so you can enjoy restful sleep.
Similar to night guards, sports mouth guards are worn over the teeth. However sports guards protect your teeth from dental trauma that can occur when playing high-intensity impact sports. Professionally fitted sports guards can protect athletes from oral injury due to impact to the mouth, face, and head. If you play football, basketball, baseball, soccer, rugby, hockey, gymnastics, mountain biking, or other activities that may involve falls, body contact, or flying objects, ask your dentist about developing your custom sports guard today! They are comfortable, durable, and won’t restrict you from doing what you love.