Gum disease is quite common among adults in the United States. In fact, it is so common that many people may not think it is a big deal. However, when left untreated, gum disease can quickly advance and even lead to gum recession. Once it sets in, the only effective course of treatment is to visit your periodontist in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The good news is that even if you are currently experiencing a receding gum line, Dr. Tom McCawley and Dr. Mark McCawley may be able to help with special gum treatment.
Traditional Gum Grafting
Traditional gum grafting is an invasive procedure that is still in use today. Your periodontist takes healthy gum tissue from one part of your mouth and uses it to build up the gums in the diseased or recessed areas. This is a surgical procedure that you need to prepare for in advance and that requires time to heal.
Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique or PST™ is a minimally invasive alternative to a gum graft. Instead of taking healthy gum from one part of the mouth and moving it to another, Dr. McCawley uses specialized tools to make a pin-sized hole in the gums and carefully adjust them to a more appropriate position. Because it is minimally invasive, there is less downtime after the procedure and less pain involved overall.
The Right Treatment for Your Needs
While both treatment options can lead to successful results, there are definitely advantages to PST™ for patients who qualify. You should schedule a consultation with Dr. McCawley to assess your personal situation and goals. This will help you determine which procedure may be the right choice for you.
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Advancements in dental technology have made it possible to treat gum recession without invasive surgical techniques. If you are suffering from advanced gum disease and looking for treatment options, contact our office to learn more about what Dr. McCawley and our team can do for you.
There are many health benefits to dental implants such as how they keep jaw bone density resilient and prevent surrounding teeth from shifting. However, many patients end up being more concerned about the final dental implant cost than anything else. Dr. Tom McCawley will always inform you of how much you will need to pay before proceeding, so you can make an informed decision.
Factors That Affect Cost
First, it is important to consider implants may not be the only procedure you need. After an X-ray, Dr. McCawley may discover your jaw bone is not strong enough to support the implant. You will require a bone graft before proceeding, which adds to the final price. Additional factors include:
- Number of Implants: The procedure will cost more if you require multiple implants instead of just one.
- Extraction: If the entire tooth is missing then our periodontist can begin the implant procedure right away. However, if any part of the tooth remains, then it will require removal first.
- Type of Implant: You can certainly acquire a single implant but some patients may benefit from All-on-4, which replaces an entire arch of teeth. Our office also provides TeethToday, which can benefit patients with limited bone tissue.
Dental implant coverage will vary by carrier. You should always contact your dental insurance provider to see if even some of the cost can be covered.
Implants as an Investment
Even if you have to pay for the cost of dental implants out of pocket, it is usually worth it in the long run. They will last for decades and they function similarly to your natural teeth. When you want to restore your smile, there is no better option.
Call Us To Review Your Options
Contact the office of Dr. McCawley to see if implants are a good option for you. Dr. McCawley is board-certified in performing dental implant surgery and has provided high-quality implants to hundreds of patients in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Gum recession potentially leads to problems with your oral health, including tooth decay, missing teeth and infections. Traditionally, periodontists treated advanced gum disease and recession with gum graft surgery. Technological advances have led to a new procedure, PST, that has a reduced recovery time and a better outcome. That is why Dr. McCawley offers PST, or pinhole surgical technique in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
What Is Pinhole Surgical Technique?
Gum graft surgery takes donor tissue and grafts it onto receding gums to rebuild the tissue. With pinhole surgical technique, the periodontist creates a small hole in the existing tissue with a needle. By using special tools the periodontist loosens the existing tissue through the small hole in order to then expand gum tissue over any exposed roots. As the gum line heals, it rebuilds and grows. This helps to revert the recession of your gums to prevent further oral health problems and to enhance your smile.
Why PST Is So Effective
Many patients prefer PST to treat their gum recession over the traditional grafting surgery. This is because it is more effective and has better results. The following are some of the reasons it is such an effective surgery:
• Minimally invasive
• No incisions, so no sutures required
• Reduced recovery time
• Reduced discomfort and pain
• Donor tissue is not required, so no need for additional incisions
• More natural appearance
In just one procedure, up to 14 teeth can have their gum line restored back to normal. This also reduces the number of times a patient with severe receding gums must come in for additional surgeries.
Schedule an Appointment
Do not let your gums continue to recede and lead to bigger problems, including missing teeth, tooth decay and serious infections. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. McCawley at McCawley Center for Laser Periodontics and Implants. He will review your case to determine if you are a candidate for PST.
Did you know that approximately 120 million Americans are currently missing at least one tooth, according to data released by the American College of Prosthodontists? If you think that’s surprising, consider the fact that more than 36 million Americans do not have any remaining natural teeth at all, according to the same source. If you have lost all or most of your teeth, you may think that dentures are your only viable tooth replacement option. However, you may be a good candidate for TeethToday® dental implants, which are permanent dental implants that provide immediate function.
What Are TeethToday® Implants?
TeethToday® implants are designed for patients who have lost multiple teeth and have limited jawbone density. The reliable system only uses four implants, which are placed directly in the jawbone at strategic points. Patients who receive the TeethToday® system benefit from a tooth replacement option that has a 98.5% success rate. If you have never heard of this system before, rest assured that it has been around for more than 10 years and has beautified smiles and restored dental functionality for many patients.
Is the TeethToday® System Right for You?
The TeethToday® system isn’t ideal for everyone, so it is important to talk to your periodontist and undergo a thorough examination to find out if it’s the right solution for your tooth replacement needs. Drs. Tom and Mark McCawley often recommend TeethToday® treatments for patients who have lost a significant amount of their jaw bone density and do not want to undergo bone grafting procedures. The system is also recommended for patients who have trouble eating or speaking because of multiple missing teeth. TeethToday® not only makes the best use of existing bone volume, but it also helps achieve bone stabilization by stimulating the bone immediately around the implants.
Wondering if dental implants could help restore your quality of life? Call McCawley Center for Laser Periodontics and Implants in Fort Lauderdale, FL, to schedule your consultation with an experienced periodontist today.