Gum Recession Treatment
Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation is a patented surgical technique designed to correct gum tissue recession without invasive surgeries. This unique method involves the use of an instrument to make a small pinhole in the gum tissue, and then a specially designed tool is used to loosen the tissue and glide it over the exposed portion of the tooth. It is a minimally invasive procedure with immediate cosmetic results that are far superior to traditional gum therapy.
What Causes Exposed Root Surfaces?
Gum recession is the receding or loss of gum tissue along the gum line. It often becomes severe enough that it results in the exposure of the root structure. A number of factors can lead to the condition, including:
- Periodontitis or gingivitis
- Aggressive brushing habits
- The natural aging process
- Tooth misalignment
Should it be Taken Seriously?
Receding gumlines should not be ignored, as they can result in sensitivity and disease. If left untreated it will eventually lead to the loss of bone and tissue that secure your tooth in place. Ultimately, tooth mobility will become evident, and the tooth could even fall out.
Advantages of Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Vs. Traditional Treatment
Conventional treatments for severe gum recession involve surgery and a lengthy recovery time. But with Pinhole treatments, you can benefit from:
- NO incision or suturing (reduced pain, swelling, and bleeding)
- Minimal post-operative symptoms
- NO surgical removal of donor tissue from the roof of the mouth
- Only local anesthetic required, no general anesthesia (no recovery time, no post-anesthetic effects, patient can drive themselves home)
- Beautiful, long-lasting, natural results
After your treatment, be careful not to brush, floss, or vigorously rinse the area for six weeks. Dr. Reeves will want to assess the area the day after the treatment, as well as one or two more times, to monitor your response and check for any signs of infection. We will show you how to gently clean the area to not irritate the site, so that you benefit from the most optimal results possible. It may also be necessary for you to use a prescription mouthrinse for several weeks to limit bacterial levels inside of your mouth.
A Grafting Alternative
At Des Moines Dental Center, Dr. Reeves makes Pinhole gum treatments available so that our patients don’t have to endure the burden or discomfort of traditional surgeries. If you’re looking for an alternative to gum grafting or lengthy recovery times, call our office today to find out if Pinhole treatment is an option for you!