Although gingival recession often does not seem like an urgent condition, it should be treated as quickly as possible to avoid serious oral health consequences. Depending on the severity of the condition, patients of Dr. David Goldberg have several options of treatment for receding gums in Valencia, CA:
- Pocket depth reduction
- Tissue regeneration
- Soft tissue grafting
- The Pinhole Surgical Technique™
Pocket Depth Reduction
This is most effective for mild cases of gingival recession and when the condition has been caused by periodontal disease. During a pocket depth reduction, Dr. Goldberg will fold back the gum tissue to gain access to the periodontal pockets. Using special tools, he will clean the root surface of the tooth and remove any plaque or tartar deposits in the area. The tissue will then be reattached to the tooth and the pocket will be sutured shut until it heals.
This is usually performed in conjunction with pocket depth reduction. After the periodontal pockets have been cleaned out, a regenerative material, such as graft tissue or a special membrane, is placed over the area to encourage regrowth of gum tissue. The tissue is sutured and given time to heal.
Soft Tissue Graft
A soft tissue graft is used for patients who have experienced severe levels of gingival recession. It involves taking a sample of tissue from one area and attaching it to the gum line with sutures. The goal is to raise the gum line to healthier level and prevent issues such as root decay and damage.
The Pinhole Surgical Technique™
This is a minimally invasive surgery for patients with moderate to severe gingival recession. Instead of making multiple incisions and removing tissue samples, Dr. Goldberg needs to make only one tiny opening in the gum line. Then, a series of special instruments are used to loosen the tissue so that it can be pulled over the exposed roots to restore gum health. Special collagen strips are then used to hold the tissue in place without sutures.
A consultation can determine the type of treatment that is ideal for your receding gums. Patients suffering from gingival recession can contact Dr. Goldberg to learn more about treatment for receding gums in Valencia, CA today!