Receding gums don’t just affect how your smile looks. They affect how it functions too. They make you more prone to cavities and other problems. If left untreated, the result is loss of teeth and bone. The usual treatment is a gum graft. But at our Edgewood, KY office, you’ve got another option: pinhole treatment for gum recession.
To see if you’re a candidate for a pinhole procedure, call us today at 859-474-7830. In the meantime, check out some of the benefits of this gum graft alternative:
- Minimally Invasive – For a grafting treatment, your dentist typically removes tissue from the roof of your mouth and transfers it to your gums, where it is held in place by stitches. In some cases, tissue from a donor bank is used. With pinhole gum surgery, an opening the size of a pinhole is made in your gums. Then your dentist uses special equipment to gently reposition your gum tissue and cover your tooth roots.
- Faster Than a Graft – Your dentist can typically complete pinhole surgery in about an hour. That’s why it’s sometimes called “a lunchtime gum lift.” Unless only a very small area is being treated, a gum graft typically takes longer.
- More Comfortable Procedure & Recovery – Given the lack of incisions and stitching, your pinhole procedure causes little if any discomfort. In fact, some patients don’t even receive anesthesia! Of course we can numb your gums with anesthesia, using our computer-assisted method. If you’re nervous, you also have the option of receiving sedation. Since you won’t have stitches to worry about, you also won’t need to modify your diet or your oral hygiene during your recovery from pinhole treatment.
- Natural Looking Gums – The tissue used for a gum graft typically isn’t a perfect match for your gums. Plus, it will have a white appearance as it heals. Since a pinhole procedure simply repositions your own gum tissue, you won’t have to worry about it looking unnatural.
Interested in pinhole treatment for gum recession? Call Edgewood Dental Care at 859-474-7830 today.