If you are one of the millions of Americans exhibiting the symptoms of gum disease, don’t wait to seek treatment. We’re learning more about the effects of the periodontal condition every year — it has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and even certain cancers. Your overall health and wellbeing depends on healthy gums, and Dr. Moriarty offers advanced periodontal therapy with treatments like the Chao Pinhole Technique near Lancaster, PA.
Recognizing Gum Disease
You may not notice a gum infection in its beginning stages. Bleeding, tender gums and persistent bad breath are all indications of gum disease. At first, gum disease can be reversed with improved hygiene at home and a couple extra visits to your dentist. As the condition worsens, gum recession, tooth sensitivity, and eventual tooth loss may occur.
Gum disease can affect anyone, and certain risk factors are associated with the condition. These include:
- Age: Risk increases above age 35, then again over age 55.
- Tobacco: People who smoke or use smokeless tobacco are far more likely to have gum disease.
- Medication: A common side effect of many medications, dry mouth contributes to poor oral health and gum disease.
- Disease: Health conditions affecting the immune system, like diabetes and HIV/AIDS, increase a person’s risk of developing gum disease.
- Hormonal changes: Pregnancy can cause a mild, temporary form of gum disease called pregnancy gingivitis.
Let your dentist know if you are at an increased risk for gum disease, as you may benefit from extra preventive care.
Comfortable Gum Disease Treatment with Chao Pinhole
Traditional gum disease treatment is invasive and may take a considerable time to heal. That’s why Dr. Moriarty is proud to be the first dentist in Lancaster County to offer the Chao Pinhole Technique. It’s a quicker, more comfortable, and easier alternative to traditional periodontal therapy. The method is completed in under half an hour — without any cutting or stitches whatsoever.
The Chao Pinhole Technique dramatically improves periodontal therapy. Traditional gum grafting requires the removal of a piece of gum tissue from the roof of the mouth. This tissue is then stitched around the recessed area. It may take weeks for the area to fully heal. But with the Chao Pinhole method, Dr. Moriarty can gently slide your healthy gum tissue down to replace what’s been lost due to gum disease. Collagen keeps the new tissue in place and stimulates the regrowth of more collagen.
The benefits of the Chao Pinhole Technique are numerous, especially compared to traditional gum disease treatment. They include…
- A more comfortable procedure and recovery
- Faster recovery
- No stitches, cutting, or scalpels
- Rejuvenated gum health
Are you a good candidate for the Chao Pinhole Technique? Chances are good the answer is yes — and Dr. Moriarty looks forward to discussing the Chao Pinhole Technique with you. If it is an effective option for your smile, that’s excellent news! You can look forward to comfortable, efficient gum disease treatment. Contact Mor Smiles to schedule an appointment with your dentist near Lancaster, PA today.