Periodontal Diseases / Root Coverage

If you have ever had a gum recession, then you know that it can be a harrowing experience. Gum recession is when the gum tissue around the teeth starts to recede or pull away from the teeth. It can occur gradually or suddenly, and it can be the result of several different factors.

The most common cause of gum recession is gum disease. Gum disease is an infection of the gums that can cause the gum tissue to break down and eventually recede. Other causes of gum recession include:-Brushing too hard: This can cause the gum tissue to wear away over time.-Smoking: This can contribute to gum recession because it decreases the blood flow to the gums.-Grinding your teeth: This can put pressure on the gum tissue and cause it to recede.-Dental procedures: Sometimes, the gum tissue can be accidentally removed during a dental procedure.
Gum recession can lead to several different problems. First, it can make your teeth look longer than theyare. Second, it can expose the teeth’ roots, making them more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. Third, it can make you more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.
If you are experiencing receding gums, you may be a candidate for gum graft surgery. This surgery is performed to restore the gum line and prevent further gum recession.
 
At South Shore Dental Prosthetics, we use the Connective Tissue Graft technique for gum graft surgery.
 
A Connective Tissue Graft is a type of dental procedure where a small piece of connective tissue is taken from another area of the mouth and used to cover an exposed tooth root. This type of graft can be used to improve the esthetics of a smile by covering up an exposed root that may be visible when a person smiles. It can also protect the root from further damage and help preserve the bone around the tooth.
 
The Connective Tissue Graft procedure is typically done in one of two ways. The first way is called a free gingival graft. In this type of procedure, the connective tissue is taken from the palate or roof of the mouth. This tissue is then transplanted to the area of the mouth where it is needed. The second type of procedure is called a pedicle graft. In this type of procedure, the connective tissue is taken from the adjacent gum tissue and is transplanted to the area where it is needed.
 
There are several benefits to having a Connective Tissue Graft. One advantage is that it can help improve a smile’s aesthetics. Another benefit is that it can help protect a tooth’s root from further damage.
Additionally, a Connective Tissue Graft can help to preserve the bone around a tooth.
 
However, there are also a few risks associated with Connective Tissue Grafts. One risk is that the tissue may not take well to the new area and may need removal. Additionally, this procedure has a small risk of infection and bleeding.
 
Overall, Connective Tissue Grafts are a safe and effective way to improve a smile’s esthetics and protect the teeth’ roots. 
 
Connective Tissue Graft surgery is performed by Dr. Singh under local anesthesia and is usually completed in one visit. After the surgery, you must take it easy for a few days and avoid strenuous activity. You will also need to avoid brushing or flossing the graft site for a few weeks.
 
If you are considering gum graft surgery, please get in touch with us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pavlicic and Dr. Singh. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and help you make the best decision for your oral health.

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Biolase Gum Procedure

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South Shore Dental Prosthetics offers the Biolase Gum Procedure, a minimally invasive alternative to traditional gum surgery.

 
The Biolase Gum Procedure is a minimally invasive laser treatment for receding gums. It is a quick and relatively painless procedure routinely performed in our office.
The procedure is performed by placing the laser tip against the gum tissue and delivering short pulses of laser energy. The laser energy removes the damaged gum tissueand bacteriacausing the gum disease, exposing the healthy underlying tissue. The laser is precise andcan remove the diseased tissue without damaging the healthy tissue. As a result, you will heal more quickly, with less pain and discomfort after the procedure.
 
Dr. Pavlicic will contour the exposed tissue to create a more aesthetic gum line.
We perform the Biolase Gum Procedure on oneor several teeth in a single visit. There is no need for sutures orincisions, and the recovery time is minimal. You may experiencemild discomfort and swelling after the procedure, but this should subside within a few days.
 
The Biolase Gum Procedure is also less expensive than traditional surgery because it is less invasive, and there is no need for anesthesia or a hospital stay. You can also expect to see results after just one treatment. The Biolase Gum Procedure effectively treats gum disease and improves the overall appearance of your smile. If you are interested in this procedure, please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pavlicic.

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Meet the doctors

Dr. Medha Singh

Dr. Medha Singh received her doctorate, certificate in periodontology, and Master of Science from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Singh also received training in oral implantology from Harvard University School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Singh has served on the faculty at both Tufts and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. At Tufts, she focused her research on drug therapies for managing periodontal disease in patients with salivary hypofunction and published her findings in various dental journals. She has also presented her research work at dental conferences, including the International Association for Dental Research, the American Academy of Periodontology, and the American Academy of Oral Medicine.

In addition, Dr. Singh has received awards for her research. In 2010, she was awarded a scholarship granted by the International Team for Implantology (ITI) Foundation based in Switzerland.

Outside of her clinical and scholarly activities, Dr. Singh is an active participant in local community activities and organizations. She has offered her knowledge and skills as a volunteer in underprivileged communities and continues to serve as a mentor to students interested in dental careers.

Dr. Katarina Pavlicic

Dr. Pavlicic is a graduate of the Boston University Dental School.

In 2005, she attended Lutheran Medical Center’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program and was awarded a Certificate of Advanced Dental Graduate Study.

Dr. Pavlicic graduated from the world-renowned Misch International Implant Institute and the Kois Center for Advanced Dentistry.

Dr. Pavlicic has been Oral Sedation DOCS Certified since 2006.

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