Receding gums can be caused by a number of things, including gum disease, brushing your teeth too hard, hormone changes, or even just genetics. Whatever the cause of gum recession, it can cause problems for your dental health, in addition to affecting the aesthetics of your smile. There are several options to treat receding gums, including gum grafting. One of the more modern options for treating receding gums is the Pinhole Surgical Technique. This receding gum treatment in Phoenix is performed by Dr. Trujillo, who is one of the few periodontists trained in this technique. The treatment has a number of excellent advantages for those who need it.
What Is the Pinhole Surgical Technique?
The Pinhole Surgical Technique is a method for treating receding gums, which was developed by Dr. John Chao. Unlike traditional treatment for receding gums, which requires cutting and sutures, this technique involves making just a tiny hole in the gum tissue. Through this hole, the gum tissue can be loosened and repositioned so that it covers the roots of the teeth. It is a fast procedure, which can be completed in under an hour, and it can be carried out on more than one tooth at the same time.
How It Works
The procedure starts with the periodontist making a tiny hole, the size of a single pin, in the gum. They then loosen the gum from where it is attached to the bone and root underneath. By moving the gum tissue down, the periodontist can cover the teeth and create more visible gum tissue.
The Benefits of the Pinhole Surgical Technique
There are some great benefits to the Pinhole Surgical Technique compared to the traditional way of treating receding gums. The pinhole will heal within 24 hours of the procedure being complete. After the gum tissue has been moved, collagen strips are placed between the teeth. The purpose of this is to prevent the gum tissue from moving back up. Multiple teeth can be worked on in under an hour, and only one or two pinholes will likely be necessary.
Some of the benefits include:
- No cutting or stitching – there’s no need for sutures with the Pinhole Surgical Technique. As the name implies, it uses just a tiny hole to complete the treatment, making it much less invasive than traditional surgery for receding gums.
- No need for grafts – whereas the traditional method for treating receding gums involves taking a tissue graft from the palate, there’s no need for this with the Pinhole Surgical Technique.
- Less discomfort – patients report less pain and discomfort with the Pinhole Surgical Technique compared to other types of receding gum treatment.
- Faster recovery – because the procedure is less invasive, it also means that patients can recover more quickly. Patients are able to return to their daily activities straight after the procedure, whereas traditional gum grafting can require several days of rest.
Schedule An Appointment Today
If you are interested in discussing this solution for your receding gums, schedule an appointment with Arizona Periodontal Group to find out how Dr. Trujillo can help you improve your smile