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Periodontics & Gum Grafting

At Oceanfront Dental, our dentists provide periodontal care for patients with advanced forms of gum disease, including gum grafting and pinhole surgery.  

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Periodontics, Vancouver Dentist

Treating Gum Disease

Gum (periodontal) disease is an infection of the supporting tissues of the teeth. It is usually caused by poor oral hygiene habits that allow plaque to build up on the teeth and harden, eventually affecting the gums. 

Left untreated, gum disease can lead to various oral health issues. These can include inflamed and bleeding gums, a receding gum line, bacteria-filled pockets between the teeth and gums, and eventual bone loss.

Periodontal treatment methods depend on the type and severity of the disease. Our dentists will work with you to create a treatment plan based on your particular case. 

For patients with more advanced forms of gum disease, surgical treatment may be necessary. At Oceanfront Dental, Dr. Seddon offers gum grafting and pinhole surgery as treatment options. 

Once your periodontal treatment has been completed, our dental team will recommend that you have regular dental exams and preventive therapy, usually four times a year.

Cosmetic Gum Treatments

Dr. Seddon also offers cosmetic periodontal procedures, such as non-surgical 'gummy smile' rejuvenation. This procedure uses dental lasers to remove excess gum tissue to create better symmetry and balance between the gums and teeth.

Gum Grafting

Severe periodontal disease, known as periodontitis, is the more serious form of gingivitis. If left untreated, it can damage gums and lead to tooth loss. Oceanfront Dental may suggest a gum graft for periodontal disease if your teeth and gums are separating or receding.

Gum grafting procedures frequently use the patient's own tissue, usually from the roof of the mouth. A very thin piece of tissue is carefully removed and placed over the area where the gums have receded.

While gum recession is common, it shouldn't be left untreated. Gum grafting helps protect teeth from gum recession, and can also improve your smile.

Pinhole Surgery

Oceanfront Dental usually recommends pinhole surgery for periodontal disease. Pinhole surgery is normally less invasive with very little, if any, recovery time.

Pinhole surgery involves making a small incision in the gum tissue. The gum tissue is then loosened and guided over the receded portion of the tooth using specially designed tools. Because there is no cutting or stitching, patients usually feel minimal discomfort after the surgery. 

We usually recommend a dental cleaning before the pinhole surgery. You will likely need to come in for a few follow up appointments in the days and weeks following your surgery.

New Patients Always Welcome

Looking for a dentist in Vancouver or a second opinion? We're accepting new patients at our dental clinic! Contact us today to get started. 

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