Dr. Ira Goldberg offers restorative treatment for gum disease in Succasunna, NJ. His professional dental team at Morris County Dental Associates treats patients with swollen and bleeding gums, toothaches, mouth sores, and receding gums. These conditions are signs of the disease. In the most severe cases of gum disease, patients may lose their teeth. Learn how we combat gum recession in our dental office.
Treating Gum Disease in Succasunna
Types of treatments used for gum disease:
Scaling and Root Planing: Scaling and root planing are often used in conjunction to help clean gums and fight gum inflammation. Scaling goes beneath the gum line to remove plaque and tartar and provide a deep clean. Root planing smooths out tooth roots to help gums reattach to teeth.
Gum graft surgery: During this treatment, soft tissue is taken from one part of the mouth and then used to cover tooth roots. Tooth loss that often occurs in later stages of periodontitis can be prevented with gum grafting.
Flap surgery: During this procedure, the gums are lifted and tartar is cleaned from beneath them. Deep gum pockets can be treated with flap surgery.
Treating Gum Recession with Pinhole Surgery
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique was developed by Dr. John Chao, who has trained Dr. Goldberg in the procedure. Also called the “lunchtime gum lift”, this procedure is done to reverse gum recession using a minimally invasive procedure that is completed in a single visit with minimal discomfort and downtime.
To begin, Dr. Goldberg will numb the gums and tissue in the area. A tiny hole is made with a needle in the gums. Then a special dental instrument is placed through the pinhole and is moved back and forth with gentle movements to free the gum flap over the teeth.
Once the gum tissue has been freed, it is guided into a normal position covering the exposed tooth root surface. Tiny collagen strips are placed through the pinhole into the gums to help stabilize them. The pinhole method involves no incisions or sutures and usually heals in just one day.
Periodontal Disease Treatment FAQs
How long does it take to reverse periodontal disease?
The time it takes to reverse periodontal disease varies based on severity and patient. It may take anywhere from three weeks to six months. The process may be lengthy, however it is necessary to preserve and restore gum health.
Can gums grow back after periodontal disease?
Gum tissue cannot grow back after periodontal disease. Gum grafting surgery can be used to replace missing tissue but your gums are not able to grow back naturally after damage.
What do gums look like with gum disease?
Most patients with gum disease have gum tissue that appears red and irritated. It is also common for patients with periodontal disease to experience bleeding when brushing and flossing.
Can brushing reverse periodontal disease?
In its earliest stages, a change in your oral care routine can reverse periodontal disease. This involves a regimented brushing and flossing routine at least twice daily.
Can gum disease affect your brain?
Gum disease may affect other aspects of your health. Untreated gum infection may increase your risk for Alzheimer’s and cancer. If you think you may have gum disease call us today to schedule a consultation. We can help!
Can a dentist save my teeth if I have periodontal disease?
Yes, your dentist can save your teeth from periodontal disease by catching the symptoms early. Visit your dentist on a regular basis for cleanings and checkups. We can detect early signs of gum disease and take action to prevent it from progressing. It is only if you let gum disease progress without treatment, that it may result in tooth loss.
Request a Consultation
Do you have gums that have been receding or are you unhappy with the appearance of your smile? Call Morris County Dental Associates today at 973-298-5893 to explore your treatment options with Dr. Goldberg. You may also schedule an appointment online.