While the health of your teeth is certainly important, the condition of your gums plays a big role in not only your smile, but your overall health as well. When bacteria is allowed to accumulate on the gums, this can lead to an infection called periodontal disease, which can damage the soft and hard tissues of the mouth and even increase your risk for conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Our team includes a periodontist (gum specialist), so patients in need can get the targeted care they deserve at the earliest signs of trouble. If your gums are red, sensitive, or bleed every time you clean your teeth, we recommend giving us a call so we can take care of it right away.
After we’ve determined that a patient has periodontal disease, the first step is to remove the plaque and bacteria that have built up along the gum line. To do this, our team will use a small instrument called a scaler to systematically break up these harmful deposits. Then, the rough surfaces of the teeth will be smoothed out so plaque and bacteria will be less likely to gather near the gums in the future.
Gum recession is a common symptom of periodontal disease in which the gums literally pull away from the teeth, making them appear longer while also exposing the sensitive enamel located around the roots. Traditionally, an uncomfortable gum graft was the only way to fix this problem, but Dr. John now has a much more comfortable approach: the Chao Pinhole Technique. Using a small hole placed in the gums, he can gently stretch and massage the tissue back into place without any cutting or stitching. The procedure is fast, effective, and recovery is minimal at most.
Periodontal disease bacteria likes to hide in small spaces located between the gums and teeth called periodontal pockets, which makes it extremely hard to reach with traditional instruments. Fortunately, we can apply a topical antibiotic to the gums that’s able to seep deep below the gum line and kill even the most well-hidden bacteria. After a round of antibiotic treatment, we usually recommend that a patient get more frequent dental cleanings in order to prevent the infection from coming back.