Advances in modern dentistry are helping to transform once extensive procedures into minimally invasive treatments that improves the patient experience and contribute to long-term oral health and dental function. Similarly, new studies are providing dentists with new perspectives on dentistry, allowing them to create treatment plans that contribute to a patient’s overall wellness, rather than just their smile. By integrating new technologies and approaches into routine procedures, patients are able to enjoy comprehensive care that yields lasting results. Some of these more innovative techniques include:
Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation
Pioneered by John Chao, DDS, this minimally-invasive technique represents a new approach to tackling gum recession. Traditionally, gum grafting required donor tissue to be removed from the roof of the mouth then sutured into place in the affected area. With the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, a small pinhole is made in the gums, through which a specialized tool is used to aesthetically reposition the tissue along the original gum line. Once gums have been corrected, strips of collagen are used to preserve the new placement and patients are free to return to their regular routine. With the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, patients experience incredible, long-lasting results and maximized post-procedure comfort.
Ozone dentistry refers to the use of oxygen with an extra molecule to restore oral health by applying it to affected parts of the dentition as either a gas or liquid. With the sterilization properties of ozone, this dental therapy can be integrated into a variety of procedures in order to remove bacteria. Some examples of ozone application include:
- Removing cavity-causing bacteria and preparing a damaged tooth for successful composite filling
- Treating gum disease by destroying the periodontal bacteria
- Sterilizing root canals during root canal therapy
- Promoting accelerated healing
- Reducing dental sensitivity
Similar to ozone dentistry and the pinhole surgical technique, this treatment methodology minimizes treatment discomfort and promotes healing. This form of dentistry utilizes light energy to detect the presence of caries-causing bacteria, allowing dentists to immediately address potential cavities before they can cause damage. Soft tissue lasers may also be used to treat periodontal disease by removing bacteria from periodontal pockets below the gum line. Not only does this leave patients with a healthier smile, but it also helps to lower to risk of recurring infection that can take place when bacteria is not effectively removed.
Innovative Dentistry with Dr. Indah
At our Sunnyvale dental office, Dr. Indah is proud to offer a number of modern procedures that utilize these advanced tools and technologies in order to improve your long term oral function and overall health. For more information about our holistic approach to dental health, contact our Sunnyvale dentist today.