Many patients who suffer from periodontal disease and gum recession would like to restore their gum line and protect the roots of their teeth. However, most do not want to go through the often painful and lengthy traditional gum grafting procedure to do so. Pinhole gum rejuvenation is the first treatment option for successfully correcting gum recession in a minimally-invasive way.
Pinhole gum rejuvenation is a revolutionary alternative to traditional gum surgery. The pinhole technique eliminates the need for tissue grafts, scalpels, and invasive treatment by reshaping the gum tissue around the teeth.
The Pinhole technique utilizes specialized tools that are inserted through a minuscule “pinhole” made just above the tooth. The tissue is then positioned back over the teeth, and the gums are secured in place by utilizing tiny collagen strips. Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation can be completed in a single appointment with immediate results and minimal downtime or recovery.
Gum recession, also known as gingival recession, is when the gum tissue recedes and pulls away from the teeth. When the root of the tooth is exposed, a natural side effect is the pockets or gaps that form between teeth and gum line. These pockets create the ideal environment for bacteria and plaque to develop and fester. Gum recession makes a patient much more susceptible to decay and gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss.
Common causes of gum recession include:
Aggressive brushing – Vigorous brushing is often mistaken as thorough brushing, and aggressive brushing can cause your gums to recede.
Using the wrong tool – Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your teeth.
Teeth grinding – Grinding your teeth either unconsciously while you sleep or even during waking hours can lead to many oral health issues. A mouth guard can keep your gums and teeth safe.
Misalignment – Abnormal tooth positioning can contribute to the development of gum recession when too much force is placed on the gums and jawbone.
Gum disease – Poor oral hygiene habits, like not brushing and flossing your teeth, can only create problems including gum disease. If you develop gum disease because of a buildup of plaque and bacteria, if you do not address painful tooth problems when they begin, you can be at risk for all kinds of oral health complications, including gum recession.
Genetics – If other members of your family have experienced gum recession, you’re at a higher risk of developing it too.
The Pinhole surgical technique is a minimally invasive procedure that requires no incisions and no suturing. It is a quick and effective treatment for gum recession that is virtually pain-free and requires minimal recovery time. Patients can resume normal activities the same day as their procedure.
Unique benefits of the Pinhole technique include:
Many dental offices still recommend traditional tissue grafting as an effective treatment option for gum recession. Although it is similar to soft tissue grafting in many aspects, the Pinhole gum rejuvenation treatment has many superior advantages over traditional tissue grafts. Because of the minimally-invasive nature of the procedure, patients can benefit from a reduced recovery time, minimized side effects, and in general, better treatment outcomes.
When comparing treatments for gum recession, we recommend reviewing the costs, advantages, risks, and timelines of both procedures to ensure you are making the best decision. It is our goal always to offer our patients the best professional opinion to help in determining which treatment is best for your unique needs.
If you are suffering from receding gums that expose more and more of the roots of your teeth, contact Elite Dental & Denture PC today to schedule a consultation appointment to determine if Pinhole gum surgery is the right option for you.