San Francisco, CA area dentist describes the gum grafting treatment
If you have recently noticed that you have receding gums, you are not alone. There are two main reasons for gum recession, and they include:
- Periodontal disease
With receding gums, a dentist may describe the benefits of a gum grafting treatment. This is a procedure that can be performed in San Francisco, CA for enhancing the smile’s appearance and addressing the damage caused by periodontal disease. Dr. Leo Arellano and his team of professionals encourage patients to visit regularly and take the time to learn about procedures such as gum grafting available in the office.
What is a gum graft?
Just like tissues elsewhere on the body can be “grafted” into place with certain surgical procedures, gum tissue can also be grafted to replace the gum tissue that has receded — or the tissue that was never there before. Patients with extremely long teeth may consider this as a cosmetic treatment to cover the teeth and create a new gum line that is more in proportion with their smiles. Patients who have experienced gum disease and want to restore their appearance can also consider this type of treatment.
How is gum grafting performed?
There are two methods of improving the gums available in the practice of Dr. Leo Arellano. First, patients can go with a more traditional grafting procedure. This is when donor gum tissue is used in the smile to restore the receding gums and create a more pleasing gum line. This should only be done after the gum disease has been treated, as this condition, if ignored, will continue to cause the gum tissue to pull away from the teeth. Another option is the Pinhole Surgical Technique®. This service is performed by Dr. Leo Arellano and may be suggested to patients who want a more painless procedure that is less invasive and does not require nearly as long of a period of time for healing as conventional gum grafting does. Pinhole surgery is done by our team and is completed with the use of a small dental instrument that loosens the gum tissues, pulls them over the natural tooth structure, and keeps them in place with the use of collagen inserts. The entire process is done in just one appointment and ensures patients have a pleasant experience with their procedure.
Which treatment is right for me?
There is no right or wrong answer to this. We encourage patients to book a consultation appointment with Dr. Leo Arellano to discuss the options available to them. When it comes to enhancing the smile, many choose to move forward with the Pinhole Surgical Technique®, as this is not only effective, but also fast and noninvasive. However, some patients may not be considered appropriate candidates, and this is when other solutions should be discussed.
How long does the treatment take?
Most gum grafting procedures are done in-house within a relatively brief period of time. Traditional grafting can take longer because of the time needed for recovery. However, with the Pinhole Surgical Technique®, patients often experience no downtime and, with the use of a specialized mouthwash, will find that healing is fast.
Will my insurance cover my procedure?
Many patients who are interested in dental treatments such as this may be wondering about the overall cost for treatment. In some cases, patients with dental insurance plans may be able to reduce or eliminate the cost of their procedure. This varies greatly from plan to plan, as some plans consider gum grafting an aesthetic and “elective” treatment and not a necessary one. During the decision-making process, our front office team will process your dental insurance information and find out if your treatment could be covered and the overall cost reduced with application of your benefits.
Is gum grafting right for you?
Contact Dr. Leo Arellano in the San Francisco, CA area today to discuss this and other cosmetic procedures available for patients in the community. Book an appointment at his practice by calling the front office team at 415-881-4343 and scheduling a visit to the office at 3030 Geary Boulevard. With the help of our staff, patients in and around the community can enjoy quality services for enhancing the smile’s health and appearance.