We get lots of questions from our patients about dentistry. We have tried to answer a few of them below!
Who is a Candidate for Pinhole Technique
Hi, this is Dr. Sakamoto. I’m going to tell you who is a candidate for pinhole technique. It’s usually patients that have multiple areas of gum receding. A lot of times it’s across the front, like all the front upper teeth and all of the lower front teeth. It’s difficult to do on single teeth receding.
What is the LANAP Procedure
Hi, this is Dr. Fred Sakamoto. I want to explain to you what the LANAP procedure is. LANAP is L A N A P, acronym for laser assisted new attachment procedure. This is a periodontal gum surgical procedure all done by laser. And, the advantage of this procedure is that it does not require incisions, i.e. cutting. Therefore no stitches, heals quicker and is a procedure that is frequently done in our office today for gum disease.
Traditional Gum Grafting vs. the Pinhole Technique
Hi, this is Dr. Sakamoto. I want to explain to you the difference between a traditional gum grafting technique and the Pinhole grafting technique. The traditional gum grafting technique, the donor side of a piece of tissue is usually taken from the roof of the mouth and taken to an area of one or two teeth that has received it.
With the Pinhole, there is no tissue taken from the pallet and it generally involves taking the tissue from where multiple areas of teeth need to be cut.
Tips to Prevent Periodontal Disease
Hi, I’m Fred Sakamoto. Here are three tips that we tell our patients to protect against periodontal disease. It’s fairly simple. It’s brush, it’s floss, and make sure you make your recare or maintenance appointments, which includes an exam along with a cleaning!
Traditional Dental Implants vs. All-on-4
Hi, this is Fred Sakamoto. I’m going to explain the difference between traditional dental implants and All-on-4’s. Traditional dental implants usually involve replacing one or two or several teeth. And, individual implants are placed and crowns are placed on top of the implants.
With All-on-4’s, generally the patient has either no teeth or all of the teeth have to be removed, and four or five implants are placed. And, the denture is attached to these implants. A lot of times this is done on the same day.