Have you noticed that your gums are receding? Gum recession can weaken teeth, cause sensitivity and root damage, and increase the risk of tooth loss. In addition to teeth appearing longer than they normally do, it can age a smile and face. With the minimally invasive Pinhole® Surgical Technique, receding gums can be corrected predictably and comfortably without the use of scalpels and sutures commonly associated with traditional gum grafting.
The Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) is the leading-edge method in treating gum recession. The procedure corrects multiple sites ranging from a quadrant to full mouth in just one session. Before beginning the treatment, we apply local anesthetic to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure—however sedation options are also available. Next, we use special instruments to gently release your existing, healthy gum tissue back into its proper position. This technique only takes several minutes per tooth to perform and typically 1-2 tablets of ibuprofen or acetaminophen are taken post-treatment.
Dr. Karyn Mai is among a limited number of qualified dentists who have received special training to perform the Pinhole Surgical Technique. She is happy to provide a one-on-one consultation with you to answer any questions about the procedure.
Benefits of the Pinhole Surgical Technique
One of the biggest benefits of the Pinhole Surgical Technique is that the procedure is much less invasive (no need for sutures or major incisions) and, therefore, much gentler on patients. The treatment typically requires 1-2 acetaminophen or ibuprofen post-treatment. As a result, you’ll also experience a faster and more comfortable recovery period, so you can get back to your daily routine sooner. Along with these improvements, you can enjoy long-lasting, natural-looking results, which you’ll get the pleasure of seeing immediately after your treatment.
There are a variety of factors that can lead to receding gums, and we’ve put together a list of the most common. During your visits to Elevate Smile Design, we’ll check whether there have been any changes in your gums and whether pockets have formed between your teeth and gumline.
Natural aging process
When receding gums are left untreated, it doesn’t just change the way your smile looks. It can cause pain and sensitivity, increase your risk of periodontal disease, and even result in loose teeth. If you are concerned about gum recession, it’s better to be proactive. Please contact our office so we can bring you in to assess their condition and provide our recommendations.