Periodontal Services and Treatments
At Miami Designer Smiles, we offer our periodontal patients quality care in treating and preventing gum disease, including:
- Laser gum treatment
- Pinhole gum surgery
- Gum therapy
Laser Gum Treatment
Laser periodontal surgery is used to eliminate bacterial infections of the gums and treat damaged periodontal tissue. Laser gum procedures also help to harden the sticky plaque formed below the gum line, making it easier to remove.
Laser gum therapy is ideal because it targets very deep pockets of infection and selectively kills harmful bacteria that cause infection and inflammation while facilitating the body’s healing response.
Laser gum treatment is also relatively painless and maximally effective and can target diseased tissue with minimal impact to healthy gum tissue nearby.
Lasers help to facilitate gum cell regeneration and kill off periodontal disease-causing bacteria. There is little to no bleeding involved in laser periodontal treatment, minimal swelling and no need for general anesthesia.
Topical anesthesia is administered before the procedure for your comfort.
Pinhole Gum Surgery
Pinhole gum surgery, also known as a “lunchtime gum lift,” is a minimally invasive treatment for receding gums. Unlike surgical gum tissue grafting that requires incisions and stitches, pinhole gum surgery treats affected tissue by making a pinhole in the area. A small device is inserted into the hole to move the gums into a healthier and more attractive position. Collagen strips are then inserted into the pinhole to keep the gums in place and facilitate new tissue growth.
One advantage of this procedure is that multiple areas of recession can be treated at once, while conventional grafting, on the other hand, requires numerous treatments if multiple teeth are affected. Another advantage is that the pinhole surgical procedure means a faster healing process than traditional gum grafting.
Root Scaling and Planing
Root planing and scaling are conventional periodontal treatments. They can be used separately but are often combined when tartar or plaque is built up too much to be removed during a standard professional cleaning.
During a dental scaling, the built-up plaque above and below the gum lines is removed. In combination with practicing good oral hygiene, dental scaling can help reduce the amount of gum disease-causing bacteria along the gum line.
Root planing is the next phase of the treatment process. Root planing smooths out the tooth’s root, making it more difficult for bacteria to attach and grow.
During these deep cleanings, we locally numb the area so that you feel little to no discomfort.
Do you suspect that you have periodontal disease? We can help. Call us to schedule your consultation – we can help develop a personal treatment plan for you.