Around this autumnal time of year, dentists like Dr. Marco Cueva fill more cavities than during the other seasons. It’s not hard to see why. Halloween is the harbinger of cavities to come. Unfortunately, it can also lead to more serious oral health conditions. Sugary foods like candy corn can lead to gum disease, also known as gingivitis.
When you eat sugary foods, the natural bacteria in your mouth produces acid. These acids then solidify and attach to your teeth in the form of plaque. A regular, healthy oral hygiene routine will prevent the buildup of plaque and keep your teeth and gums healthy. Without this routine, however, plaque will continue to build. Eventually, if not removed, the plaque will begin to produce toxins that irritate and enflame the gums. A telltale sign of gum disease is red gums that bleed when you brush or floss. Halitosis, or bad breath, is also a common symptom.
Fortunately, there are treatment options for gum disease, even in advanced stages. Many dentists will recommend grafts which are effective but can be painful. Dr. Cueva performs an advanced gum treatment call the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, or PST. This procedure restores oral soft tissue without cuts, grafts, or sutures. Not only is this procedure non-invasive, it has the nickname “Lunchtime Lift” because it can often be performed within the space of an hour and is done under local anesthesia.
The PST technique involves using specialized surgical tools to create a small pinhole above the infected area. The gums are then loosened, re-positioned, and held in place with collagen. This covers the recessed area, effectively resolving the recessed and infected gums.
If you think you could benefit from PST treatment, call or visit our offices located in Frisco, TX. Dr. Cueva has extensive experience performing this treatment and would be happy to assist you.