Periodontics, Merced and Turlock, CA
The Practice of Scott A. Smith, DDS
Periodontist Scott A. Smith, DDS, Merced, CA, practices a full scope of periodontics with expertise ranging from dental implants, cosmetic periodontal surgery, gum grafting to crown lengthening and Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST). Dr. Smith can correct a wide variety of periodontal (gum) diseases. Dr Smith is also a certified LANAP Periodontist.
We have two offices to suit your needs. They are located at 1156 Olivewood Drive, Merced, CA. 209-722-2367 and 1065 Colorado Ave., Suite #2, Turlock, CA 209-632-5744. Call us for an appointment today.
Even a subtle change in your smile helps you to project an image of self-confidence and high personal esteem. When you feel good about yourself, it shows in your appearance.
Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery – Pinhole® Surgical Technique
Now offering the Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST), invented and patented by John Chao, DDS, MADG, is a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure for correcting gum recession. Through a small hole made by a needle, Dr. Smith uses specially designed instruments to gently loosen the gum tissue and glide it over the receded part of the tooth. Since there is no cutting or stitching, patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms (pain, swelling and bleeding). Most patients also are pleasantly surprised by the instant cosmetic improvement. Dr. Smith is trained and certified to perform this procedure on his patients.
LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure)
Traditional gum surgery involves cutting away some of the gum tissue and reshaping the bone underneath. LANAP is a less invasive technique using a specialized laser to destroy the bacteria which cause the disease and alter the tissue so that it has the opportunity to heal. The use of the laser preserves more tissue than traditional scalpel surgery and results in a faster and less painful recovery.