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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, 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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Dr. Jeffry Kerbs focuses on dental health and wellness with his patients at his Escondido dental practice. Bleeding gums, although common, is not healthy and signifies that there is an infection in the mouth. When gums bleed they are inflamed and this infection has the ability to spread into the bone and the rest of the body. It is important to know that a thorough dental cleaning and proper home care can eliminate this infection and allow you to maintain health.

Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day is imperative for keeping the mouth free from plaque and free from infection. Plaque is the soft goopy substance that collects mostly where the gums meet the teeth. Plaque is full of bacteria which is what starts the bleeding and inflammation process. When plaque is left on the gumline for longer than a 24 hour period it has the ability to turn hard and this hard plaque is called calculus or tarter. Tarter accumulates at the gumline and builds from there, it is hard like little rocks on the teeth. These rocks are rough and porous which allows for more plaque to stick and more bacteria to accumulate. When tarter and bacteria accumulate it causes more inflammation and more infection which has the ability to start to eat away at the bone that holds the teeth in place. The progression of infection and disease is this:
– Plaque and tarter accumulation
– Gingivitis (inflammation and bleeding gums)
– Periodontitis (infection in the bone and bone loss)
– Tooth mobility
– Tooth loss

Bleeding gums can occur when brushing or flossing. When this occurs it is a sign that an infection has started in that area and the area needs more attention. Stimulating the tissue with more frequent brushing and flossing can help remove the bacteria and reduce the inflammation. It is important to get checked by your dental hygienist and have a thorough cleaning to make sure that tarter hasn’t formed and if it has, get it removed before it starts to eat away at the bone. When gum disease is caught at an early stage healing is more predictable.

At Dr. Kerbs’ Escondido dental office we spend an hour with each of our patients, making sure that each patients gets a thorough dental cleaning. Dr. Kerbs’ dental hygienists use a combination of ultrasonic cleaning with ozonated water and hand instrumentation to thoroughly clean above and under the gum tissue achieving a clean, smooth tooth surface. Then our patients are taught how to keep their teeth clean and put on a maintenance schedule to make sure that infection does not recur. It is our goal at Dr. Kerbs office to achieve and maintain health with all of our patients.

Do your gums bleed? If yes, please contact your dental hygienist for an appointment today or call us at 760-746-3663. We are here to help you achieve and maintain the best dental health possible.

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