Surgical Dentistry for Gum Recession and More in Aspen and Basalt

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.

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.