Pinhole Gum Surgery
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Pinhole Gum Surgery is recommended for patients who have suffered from gum disease and are experiencing receding gums. Over 50% of people in the US have gum disease and receding gums. Often times, more traditional treatment methods can be incredibly invasive and may require several treatments before any results are seen. A newer method of treatment is called Pinhole Gum Surgery.
What is Gum Recession?
Gum recession is the process of the gum tissue pulling back, resulting in more of the tooth showing. Often times, the root of the tooth will show. When gums recede, this causes gaps to appear between the teeth and gum line. Having these gaps can make it easier for bacteria to build up which causes disease. Leaving gum recession untreated can over time result in damage to bone structure as well as tooth loss. Surgery is necessary for treatment of gum recession.
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How Invasive is Pinhole Gum Surgery?
Pinhole Gum Surgery is an incision and suture free procedure. It also eliminates skin/gum grafting. Traditional gum surgery methods involve skin/gum grafting which can be incredibly painful. It can result in a much longer recovery time.
There are several benefits to choosing the pinhole surgery method:
- No incisions and stitches
- Minimal soreness
- Faster results
- No bleeding
During the procedure, a small pinhole is created and then a specialized instrument is inserted into the hole to create a flap. The flap is then secured with a collagen strip, these strips assist in wound stabilization to ensure the root stays covered during the healing process. There are in fact limitations to pinhole gum surgery. Patients must not have periodontal gum disease before the procedure. Each patient will be assessed in order to meet their specific needs.
Receding Gums Specialists
New Image Cosmetic & Family Dentistry is home to Dr. Perkins and Dr. Moller who are two of only seven dentists in the area specially trained to perform the pinhole gum surgery procedure. They will take care of your gums and guarantee a job well done. If you have receding gums, give us a call today! We are happy to answer any questions you may have and schedule you an appointment.