When your gum line begins to pull back, exposing underlying teeth to plaque, bacteria, and increased risk of decay, you need to act sooner rather than later to move it back into proper position.
It is always best to save a natural tooth if at all possible, which is why fillings and root canals are the first two options to consider. But when a tooth is too badly infected internally, badly cracked, or already missing - tooth restoration takes the form of tooth replacement.
It is hard to overestimate the value of good, healthy teeth and gums for the rest of your life. Is it even possible, you might ask - well, it can be. But it takes a definite and consistent action on your part.
Gum disease develops in various parts of your periodontal tissue and can reach widely different degrees of severity - from mild gingivitis to advanced periodontitis. But without a doubt, deep periodontal pockets just below the gum line are the most serious problem involved.
The pinhole surgical technique (PST grafts) is a revolutionary new way of correcting serious gum line recession. It has many advantages over previous methods, and yet for all that, it doesn't always get the attention it deserves.