Rejuvenate Receding Gums with Pinhole Surgical Technique™
Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gumline. When the gum tissue pulls back from your teeth and exposes the roots of your tooth or multiple teeth, you experience sensitivity. Although this sensitivity is what lets you know there is a serious issue, it is truly a common dental issue that occurs in over 50% of adults. Periodontal disease, genetic predisposition, age, smoking, health issues such as bulimia and/or anorexia, Cancer treatment, incorrect tooth brushing, lack of dental care, and other issues can all play a role in gum recession.
Thankfully, there are options when it comes to gum recession treatment, and if you are looking for an effective, minimally invasive procedure, Smileboston Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry offers the Pinhole™ Technique, an effective and minimally invasive alternative to traditional gum grafting.
What is the Pinhole™ Technique?
Dr. Spitz is Advanced Pinhole Certified and uses a special tool to create a small hole at the base of the tooth. This tool then gently frees the gingiva from the bone and tooth, repositions the gum tissue over any exposed root, and lowers the gumline to meet the tooth structure. This innovative method is simple, suture-free, and significantly less invasive than the traditional technique that cuts gum tissue, as explained below.
The recovery for Pinhole™ Technique is equally as remarkable as the procedure itself. Quick and pain-free, Pinhole™ aftercare instructions include using a prescription mouthwash in lieu of brushing for 6 weeks and eating a soft diet for a short period after surgery. We schedule a series of follow-up appointments with you to ensure proper healing.
What are the benefits of Pinhole™ Technique?
- Pinhole™ treatment on the whole mouth can be done in one appointment.
- Pinhole™ does not require surgical replacement from patient’s donor sites or soft tissue which means there’s less discomfort, pain, bleeding, and swelling.
- Pinhole requires no cutting, which means there are no incision.
- With less healing time, Pinhole™ gum rejuvenation provides the same oral health benefits as traditional techniques without surgery.
- Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results
Pinhole™ Technique vs. Traditional Gum Grafting
The historical process is of gum grafting is a bit graphic. Traditional grafting involves rebuilding the gum line by surgically removing skin from the roof of the patient’s mouth and suturing that tissue in the gingival areas that are having issues, allowing it to join with the existing tissue. This process was said to be comparable with a severe ‘pizza’ burn on the roof of one’s mouth, that does heal over time. This was a great option when there were no other less invasive options.
Today, the knowledge and training of the Pinhole™ Technique, allows a suture-free technique with no removal of tissue, providing a better patient experience while delivering identically effective results.