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Knowing the Cause of Recession
Dr. Andrea Joy Smith is a leading authority when it comes to gum recession in Sacramento, CA. Although this is a condition which affects many patients, it can often be prevented if you are aware of the causes. Here are a few key steps in preventing gum recession:
• Brush and floss properly each day
• Take note of any changes in your mouth
• Eat healthy
• Avoid tobacco
• Treat gingivitis
Gum Recession Treatment Types
Patients in need of receding gums treatment in Sacramento, CA can contact Dr. Andrea Smith for a consultation. Depending on the cause and severity of the condition, there are several different treatment types. These include:
• Pocket Depth Reduction
• Tissue Regeneration
• The Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™)
• Soft Tissue Grafts
Pocket Depth Reduction
If periodontal disease is the cause of your gum recession, then it must first be addressed. Pocket depth reduction can be performed to treat this gum infection. During a pocket depth reduction procedure, Dr. Smith will need to fold back the infected gum tissue so that underlying tartar deposits can be accessed. Using a series of specialized tools, the area is cleared of tartar, plaque, and bacteria to reduce irritation. Then the root surface is smoothed, to encourage gum tissue reattachment to the tooth surface, in an effort to reduce the progression of periodontal disease.
This procedure is used for patients who have experienced bone or tissue loss due to periodontal disease. After pocket depth reduction, some sort of regenerative material such as graft tissue or membrane is placed over the area to encourage regrowth. Once the material is in place, the gum tissue is reattached to the tooth.
PST™ is a new procedure that allows for the treatment of gum recession in a minimally invasive manner. A small, pinhole sized opening is made in the gum tissue near the area in need, and special instruments are used to manipulate the gum tissue until it is in a healthier position. The procedure does not require any sutures and results in a fast recovery period.
Soft Tissue Graft
There are several different types of tissue grafts. While they all involve taking a tissue sample from the mouth and grafting it onto the portion of the gum line affected by gum recession, they differ in where the tissue is taken from. A connective tissue graft involves cutting a skin flap from the roof of the mouth and taking tissue from beneath the flap. A free gingival graft sources tissue directly from the roof of the mouth. A pedicle graft requires cutting a skin flap from the gum tissue near the area in need and stretching it over to cover the root. The type of graft you receive will depend on the severity of your condition.
Gum recession is most often a result of periodontal disease, and both of these conditions warrant a periodontal evaluation. To learn more about receding gums treatment in Sacramento, CA, contact Dr. Smith and schedule your consultation today!
Dr. Andrea Joy Smith
4301 El Camino Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95821
New Patients: (916) 472-2966
Current Patients: (916) 482-8300