Gum Regeneration for Recession
Patients whose gums have receded significantly may be good candidates for gum regeneration, which refers to a procedure or procedures designed to correct gingival recession. There are several treatment options to facilitate gum regeneration, including gum grafts and Pinhole Surgical Technique. Another popular method for facilitating gum regeneration is Guided Tissue Regeneration (GTR). GTR facilitates gum regeneration through the placement of barrier membranes, which prevent cells from penetrating the gums and allows for gingival tissue and new bone to grow.
Gum regeneration is generally necessary due to gum disease. Gum disease develops when bacteria attaches to your teeth and begins to multiply, eventually forming a film around your teeth called plaque. When plaque remains on your teeth for an extended period of time, surrounding tissue becomes irritated and inflamed, which can cause patients to develop gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. If gum disease is not addressed at this stage, it may progress to the next stage, periodontitis. This stage is characterized by gums becoming more inflamed and prone to bleeding, as well as deepening pockets between the tooth and gum tissue. As these pockets deepen, more bacteria accumulate, which degrades the soft and hard tissue, causing gums to recede. Once patients reach this stage, it may be necessary to pursue gum regeneration treatment options.
From regular periodontal maintenance to repairing, correcting, and preventing periodontal disease, including the placement of dental implants, we are proud to provide you with the highest quality dental care available in a comfortable environment. We are also committed to ensuring you know as much as possible about your oral health so you can make important, informed decisions regarding your oral health and treatment options. To learn more about gum regeneration, please refer to the following information; or if you would like to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment for gum regeneration, contact us today at (740) 366-3559.
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Gum Regeneration Process
When periodontal disease has resulted in gum recession, it may be necessary to schedule a procedure to return the gums to their original state, the two most common being gum graft and Pinhole Surgical Technique. On the day of the procedure, we will answer any questions you have and make sure you are comfortable. Next, we will administer a local anesthetic (and dental sedation if necessary) to ensure that any pain or discomfort is minimized or eliminated.
Once you are sufficiently numbed, the infected gum is opened and the area underneath thoroughly cleaned. Once bacteria has been removed, a membrane is placed between the soft tissue in the bone and the pocket. With the membrane in place, the area is sutured shut and the gum regeneration and healing process can begin. The membrane will typically dissolve naturally, but may be removed at a later date if necessary.
Once your gums have sufficiently healed, your procedure will be complete and you can enjoy a sturdy and stable root that will improve your oral health and prevent additional issues from developing in the future!
Caring for your Gums Following Gum Regeneration Treatment
Aftercare instructions following gum regeneration will largely be informed by the underlying cause of your gum recession. If the recession has occurred due to aggressive brushing, purchase a soft-bristle toothbrush and practice softer brushing techniques. If the underlying cause is due to periodontal disease, it may be necessary to schedule regular deep cleanings to ensure the issue does not develop again. These regular appointments allow us to conduct a professional cleaning that will remove plaque and tartar that cannot be removed using traditional methods, and provide us with an opportunity to survey your current oral health and identity and address issues before they develop.
The most important thing you can do following gum regeneration is take proactive steps to ensure you will not require similar procedures in the future. The most effective way to ensure the longevity of your procedure and prevent similar issues from developing in the future is to maintain good oral hygiene. In addition to brushing twice daily (minimum) and flossing on a regular basis, it is equally important to brush and floss properly. Every time you brush, do so for at least two minutes. Once you are done, clean your toothbrush. It is also important to replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if the bristles become irregular or flay. If you follow these best practices, you will maximize the longevity of your procedure and enjoy a bright, healthy smile for many years to come!
Cost of Gum Regeneration
The cost of gum regeneration will be determined by a variety of factors, including what (if any) type of dental sedation is used, the severity of your case, what type of procedure is performed, and how much (if any) of the cost is covered by your dental insurance plan. We are happy to help you file your claim and ensure that you maximize your insurance reimbursement, but any remaining balance will be your responsibility.
If you are not able to pay the full amount due at the time services are rendered, the following financial options may be available:
- Care Credit: 0% interest for (maximum) three months (Our office pays a fee to keep this interest loan free for three months, provided the bill is paid on time)
- 0% interest for pre-authorized debit/credit card for (maximum) four months (Agreement must be signed beforehand)
- Most credit card companies provide interest-free credit for one year to new cardholders.
We accept cash, check, and all major credit cards.
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At Newark Periodontics & Dental Implant Specialists, our patients are our most important asset. We are committed to providing you with high-quality care and developing a trusting, long-lasting relationship to ensure you receive continuity of care tailored to your unique needs.
To schedule an appointment for gum regeneration, or to learn more about other services we offer, contact our staff at (740) 366-3559.
We look forward to providing you with the care and support you deserve!