If you want a permanent tooth replacement that can bring back dental function and smile esthetics, dental implants are the right choice. Known for their longevity and natural appearance, dental implants can replace one, several, or all missing teeth, giving you a healthy smile for the rest of your life!
To ensure that your treatment is successful and provides you with these benefits, look for the expertise of a specialist. Meta-analyses and systemic reviews in the field establish the highest success rates when placed by periodontists and oral surgeons. Dr. Lauren Anderson is a board-certified periodontist and diplomate of the American Academy of Periodontology with advanced training specifically in dental implants. While some general dentist place dental implants, choosing a periodontist like Dr. Anderson for your treatment has advantages, including:
Experts in gum disease treatment
Gum disease affects the health of the gums and jawbone, and as a common condition among patients, may disqualify them from getting dental implants. Periodontists are the experts when it comes to diagnosing and treating periodontal disease and other problems with the gum tissue and bone. These specialists can successfully treat gum disease and ensure their patients have healthy gums before placing dental implants.
Advanced training in dental implants
Dental implants are a surgical procedure, so having treatment completed by a specialist greatly reduces the risk of complications and implant failure. Periodontists like Dr. Anderson are also considered experts in dental implant surgery as earned in her masters training. They are also trained in more advanced techniques for patients who have more complex cases, such as severe bone loss or advanced periodontal disease.
The advantages of visiting Dr. Anderson
A board-certified periodontist, Dr. Anderson has years of advanced training in dental implants. She has also been placing dental implants for years, using minimally invasive techniques and guided implant surgery. Dr. Anderson also offers custom sedation and is certified to administer IV sedation. At her modern, comfortable practice you will enjoy a relaxing and predictable treatment.
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If you have sensitive teeth and have noticed your teeth appear longer, chances are you have gum recession. While your gum tissue will never grow back on its own, Dr. Anderson can “reverse” gum recession with a unique surgical “tunneling” technique. Dr. Lauren Anderson, our board-certified periodontist, uses this minimally invasive technique as an alternative to traditional gingival grafting. In addition to earning her masters in soft tissue grafting techniques at the University of Michigan, Dr. Anderson remains ahead of the curve. In 2019, she became certified as a S.M.A.R.T. (minimally invasive tissue grafting) provider at the University of Pennsylvania where she trained under its founder Dr. Ernesto Lee. This technique not only addresses cases of bone deformity, but treats recession as it reinforces the structures that determine the position of the soft tissue.
Why Gum Recession Occurs
Gums can recede for a variety of reasons and due to its slow progression, many people don’t realize they even have this condition. Periodontal (gum) disease is the most common cause of receding gums, which is why it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Other factors that contribute to gum recession include:
- Aggressive tooth brushing
- Tooth grinding and clenching
- Poor dental health
- “Frenum” or muscle pulls
How the Tunneling Technique Treats Receding Gums
The tunneling technique is a multi-step process. First, Dr. Anderson cleans the surface of the teeth, including the exposed tooth roots and applies an etch to the roots (EDTA) to allow soft tissue ingress. Next, using a laparoscopic type technique, Dr. Anderson gently tunnels under the gum tissue with a specialized dental tool. The gum tissue between the teeth remains intact, while the tissue below will have a space for the new graft. Then, Dr. Anderson inserts the tissue graft under the gum tissue to cover the exposed roots, making sure to optimize the aesthetic look of the tissue, as well. Finally, she will suture the graft in place so the treated site can heal. Treating your gum recession with this minimally invasive technique can improve your gum health, root sensitivity and smile appearance – most of all it reduces your risk profile anatomically.
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Have receding gums and are ready for treatment? Contact Dr. Lauren Anderson of Anderson Periodontal Wellness today to schedule your consultation for gum recession in our office in Bloomfield Hills, MI.