Homewood, AL (PRWEB) August 11, 2015
Leigh Kent, DDS, PhD, has extended her practice area so that individuals with receding gums in Homewood, AL, can experience the latest in corrective periodontal procedures. She is one of the few periodontists in the country who has received the certification to perform the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, a state-of-the-art treatment that guides gums back to their original positions over tooth roots. This procedure prevents decay and tooth loss, while restoring a beautiful, natural smile.
Gum recession becomes prevalent with age, and often occurs so gradually that the effects are not apparent until a painful problem develops. Because the roots are not protected by the hard enamel that covers the tooth crown, they are particularly susceptible to decay and damage. A person with receding gums in Homewood, AL, who practices good oral hygiene, may be able to delay any further issues for a temporary period of time, but as the gums recede, pockets develop that accumulate bacteria below the surface. This causes inflammation, and if it is not treated in a timely manner, it may lead to gum disease or periodontitis.
The serious nature of recession should be a cause for concern, but the gum grafting treatments utilized to correct the issue have proven to be so invasive, many dentists are hesitant to recommend such procedures. Realizing the necessity for a more effective treatment, Dr. John Chao, DDS, devised the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, and Dr. Kent received advanced training in the performance of this procedure, allowing her to extend the benefits to her patients. She utilizes special tools to create a tiny hole in the gums near the exposed root, gently loosening the tissue, then gliding it back into place. A strip of collagen is inserted, stimulating new tissue growth and ensuring a full recovery. Several teeth may be treated in a single visit, and most patients report feeling little to no discomfort from the procedure after a few days.
Anyone with receding gums in Homewood, AL, who wants to learn more about the advantages of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, can find information on Dr. Kent’s website.
About the Doctor
Dr. Leigh Kent is a periodontist with over 17 years of experience, offering personalized dental care for patients in Birmingham, AL. Dr. Kent is a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In addition to her undergraduate and dental degree, she completed a Ph.D. in microbiology and a residency in periodontics. Dr. Kent is the current President of the Alabama Dental Association, and is a member of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Periodontology. Dr. Kent is committed to providing patients with a high level of personalized, gentle care. To learn more about Dr. Kent and the services she provides, visit her website at http://www.drleighwkent.com or call (205) 255-3811.