Gum recession can be a frightening diagnosis if you think the only solution is gum grafting. The Pinhole Surgical Technique has revolutionized gum recession treatment, rejuvenating the gums without discomfort and protecting them from bacteria and plaque that lead to decay and gum disease. Here just six facts you need to know about pinhole gum rejuvenation.
1. Pain-free procedure.
The conventional repair for receding gums is an invasive surgical procedure that involves cutting tissue from the roof of your mouth and transplanting it around the recessed tooth using sutures. The innovative new gum graft repair is minimally invasive and avoids this complex method, leaving behind no open wounds.
2. No scalpels or sutures.
Does the mere mention of the word “scalpel” make you shiver? Dentists understand your apprehension. While sedation dentistry is available to help calm you for any dental procedure, it may help to know that pinhole gum rejuvenation is a scalpel-free and suture-free treatment.
3. Revolutionary treatment.
The Pinhole Surgical Technique is a major advancement in modern dentistry. Miniscule pinholes are placed in the gum tissue, which is then loosened when special instruments are passed through the pinholes. Your own gum tissue is repositioned over the recessed areas and collagen is passed through the pinholes to hold the moved gum tissue in place.
4. Minimal recovery time.
Because stitches are not part of the pinhole gum rejuvenation, the pain, swelling, and recovery time are significantly reduced. Unless you tell someone, they will likely be unable to know that you had any procedures completed as the tiny pinholes typically shrink and are undetectable by the next day.
5. Instant gratification.
There is no waiting to do a big reveal or see the final results of the pinhole technique. Once the procedure is complete, you will see results immediately. And that is satisfying.
Preventing Gum Recession
Some gum recession is simply genetic, but there are precautions you can take to avoid developing receding gums:
- Brush gently. Many people brush hard because they believe the extra strength will get their teeth cleaner. All this does is wear away at your tooth enamel and gums. Brush and floss thoroughly at home every day, but do so with a gentle hand.
- Get braces: Believe it or not, teeth that are out of alignment can contribute to gum recession. If the force is not distributed evenly over all your teeth, this can lead to gum recession.
- Get a night guard: Do you suspect that you have TMJ or grind your teeth at night? Your gums could be a casualty of teeth grinding. A night guard can protect your teeth from unconscious tooth-grinding and safeguard your gums at the same time.
- Visit your dentist: Receding gums make it easy for plaque to gather and cause gum disease. Keep up with your dental cleanings and exams every six months for thorough removal of bacteria and plaque. Plus, your dentist will check your gums at every dental visit and address gum recession if the problem develops.
If you suspect that you have gum recession or you are interested in learning more about the pinhole gum rejuvenation technique, make an appointment with Dr. Mitul Patel at Family & Cosmetic Dental Care in Johns Creek.