surgical dentistry
Surgical dentistry lets you address a variety of issues, including gum recession. Additionally, Dr. Rebecca Steinbach is a certified Pinhole Surgical Technique practitioner.
L-PRF

L-PRF Benefits

  • Simple Holistic Procedure
  • Latest healing technology
  • No chemicals, foreign substances or additives
  • 100% natural – autologous graft
  • FDA cleared medical device
  • Simple and very economic procedure when compared to bone grafts
  • L-PRF produces rapid healing, especially during the critical first seven days after placement
  • L-PRF promotes more efficient cell migration and proliferation without chemical or bovine thrombin additives

L-PRF Applications Include Treatments for:

  • Dental Implants
  • Bone Defects
  • Tooth Extraction Sockets
  • Sinus and Dental Ridge Augmentation
  • Palate Defects
  • Jaw Bone Atrophy

Gum Recession

Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gum line. This can occur because of periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, advanced periodontitis), the natural aging process, or abrasive habits when it comes to brushing the teeth. If you’re an American aged 30 or over, there’s a one in two chance that you have gum recession. When you reach 65 years or older, your risk goes up to 70 percent. The problems associated with gum recession range from mild to severe and can include:

  • Cosmetic concerns: Visible tooth root that is darker than the rest of your tooth.
  • Sensitivity to sweet, hot, or cold food and beverage.
  • Continued recession, severe inflammation, bone loss, and possible tooth loss.
  • Root and tooth decay.

While symptoms may start out mild, with sensitivity in one or two teeth and some apparent discoloration, your teeth become increasingly vulnerable to decay and if left untreated may eventually require extraction.

L-PRF Therapy

Tooth loss and damage to the jaw bone and tissues are often challenging for your dentist during oral surgery or implant placement. Without enough support in the jaw bone, dental implants cannot be immediately stabilized and tissue healing can be a long process. The solution to these and other difficult situations is a new Platelet Therapy created from your own blood. Leukocyte-Platelet Rich Fibrin ( L-PRF ) changes all the rules as it promotes healing and bone growth from within your own body. Unlike other treatments that use artificial components, Platelet Therapy with L-PRF uses only your own blood. The end results are improved healing response and significantly less recovery time.

L-PRF™ is basically a bioactive “band-aid” that is created from your own blood and then placed in your surgery sites to promote healing. When placed in surgery sites, L-PRF releases your body’s own natural healing proteins, creating a more efficient network for cells to enhance the healing process. Currently L-PRF is being uses for dental and oral maxillofacial surgical procedures, including dental implants, bone defects, extraction sockets, sinus and dental ridge augmentation, palatal defects and maxillary bone atrophy.

Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST)

The Pinhole Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST is incision and suture free. During the Pinhole Surgical Technique, a needle is used to make a small hole in the patient’s existing gum tissue. Through this pinhole, special instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue. These tools help expand and slide the gumline to cover the exposed root structure.

There are no grafts, no sutures, and no incisions needed with the Pinhole Surgical Technique. It simply involves the adjustment of the existing tissue.

The benefits of the Pinhole Surgical Technique are many:

  • Less discomfort during and after the procedure
  • Healing within a few days of surgery
  • No need for uncomfortable sutures
  • No need for scalpels or invasive surgical tools
  • No need to take donor tissue from the patient's palate or the use of cadaver skin
  • Excellent, natural-looking, beautiful and healthy long-lasting results
  • Correction of multiple teeth in one appointment

Dr. Rebecca Steinbach is a certified Pinhole Surgical Technique practitioner.