Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is an important part of maintaining proper oral health. Even when you are meticulous about your dental care, however, you still run the risk of developing gum disease. Although regular visits to your periodontist can ward off the advancement of gum disease, failing to seek treatment could lead to additional problems, such as gum recession. Dr. Patrick Johnson of North Tampa Periodontics & Implant Dentistry offers a few solutions if you are already dealing with recession.
Gum Health Analysis and Treatment
Dr. Johnson first can analyze the state of your gums through a regular exam. A general checkup can help Dr. Johnson and staff determine what actions need to be taken to restore your gum health. Sometimes, it can be as simple as cleaning the teeth and instilling an effective oral hygiene routine at home. If the gum recession is more advanced, additional measures may be necessary.
Seeking treatment is the first step. If you have gum disease, it may not be as advanced as you think it is. The stage of the disease is likely to affect what treatment options are available to you. The good news is that there are usually still options available even if your gum disease is advanced.
Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique
In cases where much of the teeth – including the roots – are exposed, the gums themselves may need readjusting. There is a minimally invasive procedure that can do just this: the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, sometimes referred to as PST™. With this procedure, Dr. Johnson makes small incisions through which he uses a special instrument to adjust the gums into their proper position. There is very little downtime and minimal pain with this procedure. With appropriate home care and follow-up appointments, the gums should stay in place.
Your Checkup Is Just the Beginning of Better Health
Better dental health starts with a simple checkup. To learn more about our options for treating gum disease and gum recession, contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Johnson.