Gum recession is a common dental problem. The effects are gradual, so you may not notice that they’re happening until you start experiencing major symptoms. Luckily there’s a treatment alternative to grafting, known as pinhole gum rejuvenation and it’s offered by our dentist in Phoenix, Arizona.
Signs of Gum Recession
If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should ask our Phoenix dentist if you’re a candidate for pinhole gum rejuvenation:
- Sensitivity or pain at the gumline: Certain temperatures like cold drinks can provoke discomfort, as well as some foods like acidic fruits.
- Tooth darkness around the gumline: The different color that you see is the exposed root of your tooth.
- A notched-out area on your tooth near the gum line: This noticeable surface transition is the area where the crown (exterior part) of your tooth and the beginning of the root meet.
What Is Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation?
Pinhole gum rejuvenation is a non-invasive treatment option for gum recession. During this procedure, our Phoenix dentist Dr. Babak Behbahani, will make a pin-sized hole in the softest area of the gum tissue and insert a special instrument to loosen the gums before gliding them over the recessing area, much like pulling a blanket or sheet over your bed.
The treatment is much faster to complete than traditional gum grafting procedures. It requires no cutting, no grafting, and no sutures.
What to Expect After Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation
When we say minimally-invasive – we mean it. The recovery time needed for pinhole gum rejuvenation is practically nonexistent. Since the point of insertion is the size of a pinhole, it will close on its own within 24 hours after the procedure.
Here are some tips for an even easier recovery:
- If you experience any swelling or soreness you can place a cold compress over the area.
- You may begin to brush and floss the area when it’s comfortable for you.
- To prevent discomfort, you should avoid eating crunchy food at first.
- If needed, you could take an over the counter anti-inflammatory to reduce discomfort during the quick healing time.
Preventing Further Gum Recession
Our gum tissue is very soft and vulnerable. You should take appropriate precautions to help prevent gum recession from reoccurring.
Avoid brushing too hard: Use a soft or extra-soft bristled toothbrush and don’t bear down. Be gentle with your gums!
Oral Piercings: If your piercings rub your gums they should be removed.
Having an improper bite can cause gum trouble and recession. Speak with Dr. Behbahani about this to see if undergoing orthodontic treatment could benefit your smile. Our Phoenix dental office offers Invisalign that may help in this case.
Grinding and clenching: We can make you a custom fit nightguard to wear that will protect your teeth and gums from the strains of grinding and clenching.
Tobacco use: Smoking and smokeless tobacco is more likely to contribute to receding gumlines. Talk to us about creating a cessation plan.
Get Your Smile Back with Phoenix Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation
Gum recession can have an effect on your appearance and your health. If you’ve been hiding your smile or avoiding foods because of sensitivity, then give Central Valley Dentistry a call today!