Gum recession is a common side effect of aggressive toothbrushing, trauma, and periodontal disease. But when the gums creep back and expose your tooth roots, it can be both unattractive as well as detrimental to your oral health. To prevent permanent damage to your teeth, a graft is usually recommended to cover them back up. Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation is one of the most advanced alternatives to traditional gum grafting.
Minimally Invasive Gum Recession Treatment
Most treatments for gum recession involve a graft. Grafts can either come from tissue removed at another area of your mouth or from other donor sources. It’s fairly common for traditional graft treatments to involve a bit of minor surgical intervention (again, depending on the type that’s used.) As a result, they require several days of healing, occasional sutures, or even medicated dressings to ensure that they’re successful.
Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation is different. This one-of-a-kind soft tissue therapy uses a completely separate approach to covering exposed tooth roots. Instead of grafting separate tissues, Pinhole utilizes neighboring soft tissues. Much like spreading a blanket or sheet over your bed, Pinhole therapy gently tugs at the surrounding gingiva to stretch it over the tooth. A small opening (the size of a pin hole) is created near the tooth and an instrument is used to gently lift and stretch the tissue. As a result, there are no invasive cuts, sutures, or surgery.
No Lengthy Recovery Times
Some types of gum grafting require several days or weeks before they heal and integrate. Especially if surgical techniques are used. If a graft is taken from elsewhere in your mouth to cover an area of recession, you may experience discomfort at the donor site for at least a couple of weeks.
Since Pinhole treatments are a graft-free treatment for gum recession, you don’t see the same types of recovery times or discomfort. You’ll be back to your typical routine in no time (except for just being a little gentler with that area for short time.)
Same Day Results
Pinhole gum treatments provide immediate results. Since the gums are adjusted by hand, we can instantly tell what the outcome will be like. The predictable nature makes Pinhole gum rejuvenation a great alternative to conventional gum grafting procedures.
Great for Exposed Roots and Tooth Sensitivity
Any time we see receding gumlines, there’s a higher risk of root cavities and sensitivity. Those areas of our teeth just aren’t protected by the dense enamel that covers the anatomical crown (what you see when you smile.) By covering the exposed root with neighboring gum tissue, we provide a protective barrier against outside stimuli.
Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation in Phoenix
The Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation process is a specialized approach to treating gum recession. Only specific dentists and gum experts who are trained in this technique offer it in their practices. Central Valley Dentistry in Phoenix is proud to be a select Pinhole provider in the area.
If you’re considering alternatives to gum treatment or know you have gum recession, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Behbahani to find out if you qualify for this unique approach to care.