The New Periodontal Procedure for Receding Gums
Serving Portland OR – Vancouver – Camas WA
More than half of the American population over the age of 18 has experienced one form or another of periodontal gum diseases. The onset of gum disease is called Gingivitis. At this stage, there is almost no irritation and it is reversible with professional dental treatment.
However, gum disease does not repair itself. When a gum recession treatment is not sought, gingivitis can progress into a more serious condition called Periodontitis. It is at this stage that an individual may experience discomfort, pain, sensitive teeth, and even receding gums. Not everyone will experience all of the signs of gum disease, but there are a number of common symptoms and contributing factors associated with periodontal issues.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
- Gums become swollen, tender, and a darker red than normal
- Gums easily bleed when brushed or flossed
- Exposed tooth roots due to gum recession
- Loosen, shifting, and sensitive teeth due to weakened gum support
- Bad breath caused by trapped bacteria
- Loss of teeth due to gum and bone deterioration
Contributing Factors of Gum Disease
- Normal aging process can alter or weaken a person’s oral health
- Tobacco use affects a person’s oral health
- Excessive stress impacts a person’s ability to defend against infections
- Grinding or clenching one’s teeth increases the pressure placed on the teeth and the gums
- Certain medications can affect the health of a person’s gums, jaws, and teeth
- Certain inflammatory related diseases and illnesses such as diabetes, heart problems, and arthritis, can impact a person’s gum structure
Traditional gum recession treatment may require a special periodontal procedure called a Scaling and Root Planing, or a Pocket Flap Surgery, or a Tissue Grafting Regeneration procedure. Traditional treatments can be painful and require several appointments before positive results are achieved. But, a recently developed, innovative, pain-free, dental technique, called Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation, is an easy and minimally-invasive corrective method to treat exposed tooth roots.
Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation is a gum recession treatment that does not require any surgical incision or stitches. Depending on the number of teeth involved, correcting receding gums that have left exposed tooth roots can be attained in one office visit. Another positive effect of this procedure is its ability to quickly reduce or eliminate the discomfort of sensitive teeth due to gum loss. Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation offers a number of patient friendly benefits over traditional oral gum surgery.
Beneficial Effects of Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation
- Special dental instruments make pinholes in the gum lines and gently move loosened gum tissue to cover exposed tooth roots
- One pinhole can treat two to three teeth
- Pinholes are filled with collagen to keep the gums in place
- Gum treatment is a permanent repair
- Immediate esthetic improvement
- No bleeding and little or no pain during treatment
- Patients can resume brushing and flossing after 24 hours
Call (360) 604-7151 today to schedule a Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation evaluation.