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Understanding the Pinhole Surgical Technique

If you have receding gums, one of the procedures that your cosmetic dentist may recommend to improve your smile is known as pinhole gum surgery. Receding gums may not only take away your confidence but also cause form and function problems that can turn out to be scary. The pinhole gum surgery technique promises will fix receding gums giving you a complete smile transformation.


Though pinhole gum surgery is still relatively new, dentists who are trained and certified to perform the aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry procedure can prove its success. But before we even get to the details on how the surgical technique is conducted, let’s look at a few reasons why you need to fix receding gums.


Are receding gums a problem?

When the gums shrink, they tend to recede away from the teeth which is what is commonly regarded to as “receding gums”. In that case, more tooth is exposed and in some extreme cases, the root is also exposed. This exposure opens up a path for bacteria to build up compromising the health of the surrounding tooth, bone and tissue. Gum shrinkage is sometimes difficult to prevent, even by brushing and flossing regularly, and that’s why dentists recommend seeking medical intervention.


Other treatment options for receding gums

If you suffer from mild gum recession, one of the ways to treat it is by deep cleaning. In most cases, mild gum recession can be successfully treated by deep cleaning even though the procedure can be very uncomfortable. Deep cleaning helps to get rid of any plaque or tartar that has built up overtime therefore reducing the exposure to bacteria that could harm the teeth.


However, if the gum recession is more advanced, one may have to undergo surgery. Some procedures that were done in the past to treat receding gums involved pulling the pockets of the recessed gum in order to reach the plaque buildup underneath. Such procedures were painful and required long periods to heal. The exposed tooth was then covered with a filling to prevent decay.


In more advanced cases of gum recession, dentists would recommend gum grafting whereby a graft of the patient’s mouth is taken and is then applied into the gum tissue. This procedure was uncomfortable and could result in failure of the graft.


The pinhole gum surgery

Unlike the traditional gum recession surgeries, this technique doesn’t require a graft, has fast recovery time and involves no pain. A needle is used to make a pinhole that shifts tissue down over the tooth. This technique is not invasive in any way and doesn’t involve cutting or use of scalpels therefore there’s no trauma to the gum tissue.


Pinhole gum surgery is a non-invasive procedure that requires little after care. The dentist may recommend eating soft foods only to avoid irritating the gums. The area has no open wounds so it heals very fast. Visit your dentist to determine if this procedure is for you if you have receding gums and need a smile makeover.

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