Just like with most illnesses, there are different stages to gum recession. There are also different types of treatment available to correspond with these stages. Depending on how severe gum recession has become, patients of Dr. John Tan may receive one of the following types of gum surgery in McAllen, TX:
- Pocket depth reduction
- Tissue regeneration
- Soft tissue grafting
- The Pinhole Surgical Technique™
Pocket Depth Reduction
Pocket depth reduction is most useful in cases of mild gum recession, particularly when periodontal disease has caused the tissues to recede. This involves folding back areas of gum tissue to allow access into the periodontal pockets. Special tools are used to eliminate any deposits of plaque or calculus that have accumulated and clean the root surface of the tooth. Then, the tissue is stitched back into place until it naturally reattaches itself.
Tissue regeneration is often used in conjunction with pocket depth reduction. After the periodontal pockets have been cleaned out, a regenerative material such as tissue stimulating protein is placed over the area to facilitate regrowth. Once the material has been placed, the tissue is stitched back into its normal position and given time to heal.
Soft Tissue Grafting
A soft tissue graft is generally reserved for the more severe cases of gum recession. This procedure involves borrowing tissue from one area of the mouth and attaching it to the gums in order to cover a larger area of the tooth. Over time, the borrowed tissue will naturally integrate itself with the gums and raise the gum line to a healthier level.
The Pinhole Surgical Technique™
The Pinhole Surgical Technique™ is a brand new, minimally invasive alternative to gum grafting surgery. Rather than cutting tissue and reattaching it to the gum line, a single opening is made in the gums near the area of recession so that the tissue can be loosened and stretched gently across the tooth. Once in place, a special collagen material is used to hold it there until the tissue naturally reattaches to the tooth surface.
A consultation with Dr. Tan will determine the best course of treatment for your receded gum tissues. To learn more about the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ or other methods of gum surgery in McAllen, TX, contact Dr. Tan today!