Periodontal disease is the technical name for gum disease, the most common reason for tooth loss in patients after the age of 25. Although relatively painless in the beginning, by the time the first acute abscess occurs, some teeth may already be beyond saving. The first sign of periodontal disease is bleeding gums that are also usually red and swollen. As the disease progresses, the gums will recede causing the affected teeth to appear longer than normal. Finally, in the latter stages, the teeth will loosen to the point of being painful and useless, and will either fall out on their own or will have to be extracted.
Poor oral hygiene is what causes gum disease. Thoroughly brushing and cleaning between the teeth at least once per day will help prevent the onset of gum disease. If a patient finds it difficult to floss, using thin toothpicks can be an acceptable alternative for cleaning between the teeth. Although easily preventable, periodontal disease is often difficult to maintain once the deterioration process begins.
Our doctors and staff are dedicated to preventing and, when needed, treating periodontal disease. Maintaining beautiful, healthy smiles is the mainstay of our professional mission.
Periodontist Dr. Jeffrey Snitzer is now offering a brand new, exciting technique for gum recession that differs from traditional cutting and suturing. The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST®), invented and patented by John Chao, D.D.S., is a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure for treating gum recession. This procedure is performed by making a small hole with a needle in the gum tissue. Using specially designed instruments, the gum tissue is loosened and guided over the receded part of the tooth. Since there is no incision or suturing, patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms (pain, swelling and bleeding). Most patients also are pleasantly surprised by the instant cosmetic improvement. To learn more about the Pinhole Surgical Technique offered in our Chalmette, Covington, Hammond, Metairie and Slidell locations, watch this short video and then contact our office for a consultation with Dr. Snitzer.
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