How pinhole gum rejuvenation could save your teeth

Pinhole gum rejuvenation is a relatively new dental procedure being offered at Aesthetic Family Dentistry. It is so effective at tackling receding gums that it could literally save your teeth!

Receding gums is an age-related condition that we will all have to contend with at one time or another. It is where the term ‘long in the tooth’ comes from when describing older people. Our gums naturally recede with age but it can also be caused by periodontal disease, genetics, crooked teeth or even aggressive brushing.

If left unchecked, tooth roots can be exposed. This can lead to discomfort and accelerated tooth decay. Roots are not protected by hard enamel so will be subjected to the full range of rigors we regularly put our teeth through. This can lead to infection or worse. If no treatment is sought, it could even cause you to lose teeth!

How pinhole gum rejuvenation can help stop gum recession

Before pinhole gum rejuvenation, the usual treatment for receding gums was a lot of surgery. Gum grafts were often used to address receding gums which involved taking healthy tissue from elsewhere in the mouth and suturing it to replace tissue lost to recession. This was uncomfortable and very involved and a less than ideal procedure.

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a very effective alternative to this involved procedure. Instead of cutting and grafting, we can do everything through a pinhole. Like keyhole surgery in general medicine, pinhole gum rejuvenation does the same thing but inside your mouth.

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique

Using the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, we can address receding gums without invasive surgery. We use special instruments to create the pinhole. Then working through the pinhole the special tools are used to loosen the gum and pull it back up the tooth covering the root surface. The only incision is tiny. All work is then done inside the gum.

This has obvious benefits. It is much less invasive, involves much less discomfort, far faster healing and offers less chance of infection.

As holistic dentists, the team at Aesthetic Family Dentistry embraces innovations like this. It makes life much easier for the patient, involves less surgery, less medication, faster recovery and much less discomfort. Not only does it provide these advantages to undertaking this procedure, it helps encourage those who would otherwise avoid such a procedure through fear or pain or surgery.

Untreated gum recession can result in tooth loss at worst and periodontal disease at best. Pinhole gum rejuvenation goes a long way to addressing that with a very simple procedure that will work in the majority of cases.

If you would like to see if you are a candidate for pinhole gum rejuvenation, contact Aesthetic Family Dentistry today to schedule a consultation.