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Escondido dentist, Dr. Kerbs and our team have recently completed some revolutionary training and are now fully certified in the Pinhole Surgical Technique.

Pinhole Gum Grafting Escondido

Pinhole gum rejuvenation is a scalpel-free, suture-free, and graft-free procedure for correcting gum recession and saving your teeth! The procedure can also help in the prevention of tooth loss and the need for other future procedures such as implants or dentures.

Through a tiny entry point, a specially designed instrument is used to gently reposition your gums to correct gum recession. Since the Pinhole Surgical Technique is a less invasive procedure, you can expect minimal post-operative symptoms. In many cases, treatment can be completed in as little as 1-2 hours. Most people who have had this procedure report that they are pleasantly surprised by the instant cosmetic improvement as well as their ability to resume light activities within 24-48 hours of receiving treatment.

Gum rejuvenation can enhance a more youthful appearance and you may even find that you feel happier due to finally being able to smile without worrying about your receded gums.

If you have gum recession and wish it could go away, please call 760-746-3663 with your questions and one of our knowledgable team members will assist you in moving towards better health. Pinhole gum rejuvenation may be the answer for better health and a more beautiful smile!

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Escondido dentist, Dr. Jeffry Kerbs, was trained by Dr. John Chao, the inventor of the Pinhole Gum Grafting technique. Dr. Kerbs follows Dr. Chao’s techniques to get successful, healthy results for his patients. Gum recession affects so many people and before this amazing gum grafting technique, there was not a solution that involved no cutting, no sutures, and less post-operative pain for the patient. Now, with Dr. Chao’s Pinhole Gum Grafting Technique, Dr. Kerbs is able to provide a healthy gumline with a better experience for his patients. The Pinhole gum grafting technique covers up the recessed gumline. Recession exposes the root structure which can cause sensitivity, pain, infection, loss of the tooth, and future more expensive restorative procedures.

Escondido Gum Rejuvenation

What is gum recession?

Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gumline. This can occur as a result of periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, advanced periodontitis), traumatic occlusion (grinding and clenching), or abrasive habits when it comes to brushing the teeth.

Why should gum recession be taken seriously?

When gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed. This means that tooth decay and other problems can affect the teeth along the gumline and beneath it. Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is important for lasting dental wellness.

What is Pinhole Gum Grafting?

Pinhole gum grafting is a minimally invasive option for treatment gum recession. Unlike traditional gum grafting techniques, the pinhole gum grafting technique is incision and suture free. No cutting of the gums, no stitches, less post-op pain.

How does the Pinhole Gum Grafting Technique differ from traditional gum grafting techniques?

Traditional gum grafting techniques involve the use of donor tissue or soft tissue grafts to re-build the gumline. This donor or graft tissue would then be sutured in place to join the existing tissue as it heals.

While this traditional grafting technique is effective, comparable results with better patient experience can be achieved with the Pinhole Gum Grafting Technique.

How is the Pinhole Gum Grafting Preformed?

During the Pinhole procedure a small hole is made in the existing gum tissue. Through this small pinhole, special instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue. These special instruments help expand and slide the gumline to cover the exposed root structure.

The Pinole Gum Grafting Technique does not require gum grafts, sutures or incisions. It simply involves the adjustment of the existing tissue.

What are the benefits of the Pinhole Gum Grafting Technique?

  • less discomfort for the patient after treatment
  • faster recovery for the patient than traditional grafting techniques
  • no need for uncomfortable sutures
  • no need for scalpels or invasive surgical tools
  • no need to take donor gum tissue from the patients palate
  • excellent, natural looking, long lasting results

If you have any questions regarding the Pinhole Gum Grafting Technique and how we can restore your gumline back to it’s original, youthful level, please call our Escondido Dental Office today at 760-746-3663. Dr. Kerbs’ knowledgable team is ready to assist you with all of your questions and help you find out if Pinhole Gum Grafting is the right choice for your receding gums.

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Escondido dentist, Dr. Jeffry Kerbs, has a very strong dental hygiene and periodontal department at his office. Dr. Kerbs and his dental hygienists do a periodontal exam at every new patient exam and annually thereafter. You may be aware of this exam as being the numbers that are called off by the dental hygienist, ie: 2 2 3, 3 2 3 etc. However, there are times when these numbers reach higher levels above 3, such as 6 7 8, and even up to 12. What these numbers signify is the depth of space between the gumline and where the gums attach to the tooth. The numbers are measured in millimeters. Healthy numbers are 2 and 3 millimeters. This is a normal and healthy way that gums should attach to the teeth. When the pockets are deeper than 3 millimeters this signifies a problem.

What Dr. Kerbs and his dental hygienists want their patients to understand is why this is happening. With a thorough examination, Dr. Kerbs assesses the plaque, tarter and bleeding levels in the mouth. This tells us if the problem is related to bacteria and plaque buildup in the mouth. Dr. Kerbs then assesses the recession, mobility, crowding, bite and existing restorations (crowns, fillings, etc). This tells us if the problem is related to bite trauma and/or poor restorations. There are times when periodontal disease is linked to all of these issues, but often times one of these issues is more prominent. It is important to know the cause of the problem in order to have the solution for optimal healing of the gums and bone surrounding the teeth.

Dr. Kerbs and his dental hygienists use a combination of Ultrasonics with Ozonated water, Hand Instrumentation, Laser treatment and Ozone Insuflation Gas Treatments to clean the teeth and gums. The combination of all of these treatments removes tarter, plaque, diseased tissue, sterilizes the area, and neutralizes the pH. When the teeth, gums and bone are being traumatized and cause the pockets to develop, Dr. Kerbs develops a plan to remove the trauma and allow the mouth to start to heal.

Periodontal disease is a silent disease that most patients are unaware of until a periodontal exam is done. Most patients report that they have not had any pain to alert them of an infection. It is very important to catch this infection at early stages for optimal healing to occur. Bleeding gums when brushing and/or flossing is not normal and is a sign that an infection is occurring.

Do your gums bleed? Are you concerned that you may have deeper pockets than 2 and 3 millimeters? If so, please contact our office and speak with one of our team members. We are here to help answer all of your questions and help you move toward health. Call our Escondido dental office today 760-746-3663, located in North County San Diego.

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