Minimally Invasive Gum Recession Treatments
Pocket Depth Reduction
This is a procedure that treats periodontal disease and involves folding back gum tissue to allow access to bacteria, plaque, and tartar formations below the gum line. After the area has been sufficiently cleaned and disinfected, Dr. Kharmouche will reposition the gums on the tooth surface and hold them in place with sutures. This will reduce the depths of periodontal pockets and help to prevent the risk of further disease or tooth pain.
Tissue regeneration is usually performed after pocket depth reduction. Once the area has been cleaned, Dr. Kharmouche will place a regenerative material such as a membrane of graft tissue over the exposed bone and soft tissue to encourage regrowth. This is usually reserved for patients who have suffered bone loss as a result of gum disease.
Soft Tissue Graft
A soft tissue graft involves taking tissue from one part of the mouth and grafting it onto the gum line. There are three main types of soft tissue grafts:
- Connective Tissue Grafts
- These grafts involve cutting a skin flap from the roof of the mouth and borrowing tissue from beneath the skin flap.
- Free Gingival Grafts
- These grafts take the tissue sample directly from the roof of the mouth without the need to cut a skin flap.
- Pedicle Grafts
- Patients who have experienced only minor recession can have a pedicle graft. This involves cutting a flap from the gum tissue and pulling it over so that the root is covered. This will help eliminate sensitivity or tooth pain.
Patients suffering from tooth pain as a result of gum recession in Sterling and Leesburg, VA are encouraged to contact Dr. Kharmouche to schedule a consultation as soon as possible. We can also provide a periodontal evaluation to determine if periodontal disease is causing your gum recession.