Concerned about receding gums? Come in for a complimentary consultation.
Although most people write gum recession off as a simple cosmetic issue, your gums play several important roles for your teeth. In addition to cushioning your mouth from impact and protecting the precious, living roots of your teeth, your gums also act as a support structure to keep your teeth in place. If your gums recede and the condition is not addressed, your teeth can become loose or bacteria can invade the area much more easily, leading to tooth loss. Unfortunately, once teeth are lost, the jawbone can start to resorb, which can create the need for bone grafts in the future. Additionally, since the roots of your teeth don’t have as thick of a layer of enamel, recession can cause an unsightly appearance and cause severe dental sensitivity.
With this new Pinhole Surgical Technique, resolving gum recession is quickly remedied and the results are an instant improvement.
To evaluate the reason that your gums are receding, Ballwin dentist Dr. Postol will start by carefully examining your teeth and your medical history. After Dr. Postol has a better idea about why you are losing gum tissue, he will suggest lifestyle changes and treatments that will improve your condition. For example, if you are losing gum tissue due to a previously undiagnosed teeth grinding problem, Dr. Postol might prescribe an oral appliance for you to wear while you sleep.
Once your gums have receded, they will likely need treatment to return to full health. In years past, the only corrective treatment available for receding gums was tissue grafts. Traditional gum grafting involves harvesting tissue from the roof of a patient’s mouth and sewing it in place over the affected area. This technique leaves the patient with two healing areas—one where the tissue was harvested from and the area where the gums were grafted.
Today there is a better way. In 2006, Dr. John Chao invented the Pinhole Surgical Technique, and he has been working for years to teach willing dentists how to improve results and reduce recovery time for patients who need gum grafting. This highly effective surgical method offers minimal risks and instant rewards, so that your smile will look better as soon as the procedure is over.
During this procedure, a tiny hole (no wider than a pin) is made in the affected gum tissue. Using specialized instruments inserted into the hole, the gum tissue is loosened and repositioned to cover the exposed tooth root. After the gums are in place and cover the root of the tooth, tiny collagen strips are inserted into the gum tissue to hold the repositioned gums in place—no stitches required.
The Pinhole Surgical Technique offers several benefits, including avoiding general anesthesia, sutures, and additional incision sites. Patients who undergo the Pinhole Surgical Technique also enjoy a fast recovery time and are usually back to eating and drinking normally again within 24 hours. Additionally, since the Pinhole Technique does not require stitches or extensive cuts into the gum tissue, patients can enjoy a more beautiful, natural-looking smile immediately after surgery, and they don’t have to return to the office to have stitches removed.
Because this treatment is still relatively new, many dentists don’t offer the Pinhole Surgical Technique. However, Dr. Postol has been certified in this procedure, helping patients to enjoy healthy, rejuvenated gums without all of the pain and recovery involved with traditional gum grafting surgery.
If you have receding gums, do not procrastinate getting treatment. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. We would love to visit with you and discuss your options. Our competent, friendly staff will put you at ease, answer your questions, and have you on your way to beautiful, strong and healthy gums in almost no time at all.