The pinhole surgical technique is a scalpel- and suture-free method of correcting receding gums. This procedure is a sophisticated alternative to more complex gum grafts. It offers comparable results without the recovery time and discomfort associated with traditional methods. At Smiles for Life Dental Care in Bridgewater, VA, we can achieve a significant improvement for patients troubled by gum recession. Drs. Joe McIntyre, Dan Whiting, and Kelsey Rockey offer various forms of periodontal care to protect your oral health and enhance the appearance of your smile.
Understanding the Dangers of Gum Recession
The process of gum recession is so gradual that many patients do not realize they are suffering from the condition until symptoms cause pain or discomfort. Your dentist can also identify signs of recession at biannual examinations. When gums recede, they leave pockets and gaps which can allow bacteria to accumulate near the tooth roots, endangering your oral health. Gum recession can also lead to an aged appearance. Left untreated, gum recession can damage the surrounding tissue and supporting bone structures, and in severe cases, cause tooth loss.
What Is the Pinhole Surgical Technique?
In contrast to traditional gum grafting, the pinhole surgical technique requires no incisions or sutures. Using a tiny pinhole created by a needle, your doctor can use specialized tools to shift the gum tissue and cover areas exposed by gingival recession. The pinhole then shrinks and can disappear completely as soon as the next day.
Am I a Good Candidate?
If you have seriously receded gums, pinhole surgery may be able to help. However, the procedure is not a treatment for periodontal disease. It is important to first seek treatment for periodontitis. At Smiles for Life Dental Care, we can ensure you are treated for any underlying issues with comprehensive periodontal care before restoring your gums to a healthier position and appearance.
Pinhole surgery is a minimally invasive technique with significant benefits over traditional gum grafting. A gum graft typically takes at least an hour to address one or two teeth. Then patients can expect another two to three weeks of recovery time before any additional teeth can be treated.
The pinhole technique is convenient and effective and, in some cases, the results can last a lifetime.
The pinhole method minimizes trauma to the soft tissue, allowing for faster treatment and shorter recovery times, as well as few or no postoperative symptoms. Many patients are able to return to their normal activities immediately after treatment. Additionally, there is no limit to the number of teeth we can treat in a single session, so you are less likely to need multiple follow-up appointments. The pinhole technique is convenient and effective and, in some cases, the results can last a lifetime.
Protect Your Gingival Health
Gum recession can occur even in patients with good oral hygiene. There are a variety of causes, from grinding your teeth to ill-fitting oral appliances rubbing on the gums. Some individuals are genetically predisposed to having thinner, weaker gingival tissue. In some cases, orthodontia can help protect against periodontal disease and gum recession. However, the best defense against gum recession is regular dental examinations at our office. We recommend scheduling a cleaning and exam at least every six months. Patients who are at a high risk for gum recession or periodontal disease may need more frequent visits.
Benefit from a Revolutionary Alternative
At Smiles for Life Dental Care, we are dedicated to protecting your oral health against a variety of concerns. Now, with the help of the revolutionary pinhole surgical technique, our team is better equipped to protect your periodontal health. Contact our office online or call us at (540) 828-2312 to schedule a consultation and learn more about what pinhole surgery can do for you.