Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation
What Is Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation?
Over time, some patients can experience receding gum tissue that can become unsightly and potentially lead to tooth loss. Typically, the solution would be a surgical gum graft, which removes tissue from the mouth. However, Dr. Clark Brown, Jr. of Implant Dentistry of Florida performs pinhole gum rejuvenation in Melbourne, FL.
Pinhole surgery, developed by Dr. Chao, is a groundbreaking technique for gum rejuvenation. Dr. Brown is one of a few dentists worldwide who is certified by the Chao Pinhole Academy as a provider of this technique.
Why are my guns receding?
Some gum recession is simply a part of the normal aging process, but it usually doesn’t require treatment. More serious gum recession needs to be treated to protect the exposed tooth roots.
These are common reasons your gums may be receding:
- Periodontal disease — Gum disease is the main cause of gum recession. The bacteria present in plaque and tartar that have moved under the gumline begin to inflame the gum tissue. This causes the gum tissue to pull away from the teeth. Initially, this forms pockets as the gums begin to pull away. This allows more bacteria to accumulate, and the gums begin pulling down on the teeth, exposing the unprotected tooth roots. Some people are genetically more likely to develop gum disease.
- Overly aggressive tooth brushing — If you brush your teeth and gums too aggressively this can make the gums recede.
- Hormonal changes — Changing female hormones in puberty, pregnancy, and menopause can make the gums more sensitive and vulnerable to recession.
- Smoking — Cigarette smoking tends to make plaque accumulate on the teeth, which leads to gingivitis and then more advanced gum disease.
- Grinding and clenching — Grinding and clenching the teeth during sleep puts too much force on the teeth, and the gums respond by receding.
- Crooked teeth or a misaligned bite — When your bite is out of alignment, forces are unevenly distributed, which can impact certain teeth and make the gums recede.
- Body piercing of the lip or tongue — Jewelry can rub the gums and cause irritation to the point that gum tissue wears away.
Benefits Of Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation
Patients can expect the following benefits when they visit our practice for pinhole gum rejuvenation in Melbourne, FL:
- Less discomfort after treatment
- Quick recovery
- No invasive tools or sutures
- No need for donor tissue
- Long-lasting solution
- Natural-looking results
Who Is A Candidate For Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation In Melbourne, FL?
When your gums recede, the margin of the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth pulls up, exposing more of the tooth. Not only do your teeth appear longer, but they are likely experiencing sensitivity. This is because the darker part that is now exposed is the tooth root and the root is not covered with protective enamel as the tooth crown is. Anyone with gum recession is a good candidate for pinhole gum rejuvenation with Our doctors. There is no limit to how many teeth or amount of exposure can be addressed in one session.
How successful is the Pinhole technique compared to traditional gum grafting?
Research has shown that the pinhole technique delivers the same success rates as traditional gum grafting procedures. But those procedures require cutting gum tissue and suturing areas closed. They can be quite painful during recovery. In contrast, the pinhole technique used by Dr. Brown has no bleeding, is virtually painless, and doesn’t require any recovery. Why would anyone have traditional gum grafting?
Pinhole Gum Surgery Before And After
How long does Pinhole Gum Surgery take?
The procedure is not time intensive. It can take just an hour or so, depending on the number of teeth with gum recession.
What kind of anesthesia is used during Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation?
Only local anesthetic is needed for these amazing gum rejuvenation procedures with Dr. Brown. If patients desire, we can also provide sedation.
What do I need to do to prepare for Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation?
There isn’t anything you need to do to prepare for this innovative treatment with Dr. Brown. He only uses local anesthesia, so there’s no need to worry about fasting beforehand. This is a straightforward procedure that doesn’t involve any preparation on your part and only a very limited, easy recovery.
Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Procedure
Our doctors start the procedure by numbing the gums and tissue in the area. Then, he will make a tiny hole with a needle in the gums. This is where our doctors will insert a special dental instrument. Next, they move it back and forth with gentle movement to free the gum flap over the teeth. Once the gum tissue has been freed, it is guided down to a healthy, normal position covering the exposed root surface. Finally, they place tiny collagen strips through the pinhole into the gums. These help to stabilize the gums in their new position. The pinhole method involves no incisions or sutures and the pinhole incision usually heals in just one day.
What role does collagen play in the procedure?
After Dr. Brown has loosened the receding gum tissues and brought them back down into a normal, healthy position, he then inserts tiny collagen strips through the pinhole or pinholes (depending on the number of teeth where gums are receding). Collagen plays a role in all wound healing in the body. When placed behind the repositioned gums, the collagen helps to keep the gums in place during the healing process.
Chao Pinhole Gum Surgery vs Gum Grafting
Traditionally, treatment for these receding gums is a grafting procedure. During gum grafting, dentists would remove tissue from the roof of the mouth and transplant it to the teeth with the recession. While this procedure is a predictable means to gain root surface coverage, it is also associated with pain from both surgical sites. The Chao Pinhole Technique does not rely upon taking tissue from the roof of the mouth. Instead, we place a small hole in the tissue above the gums and then we push the gums downwards to cover the recession. The gums are now in a healthy position on the teeth. Collagen is placed to keep the tissue in place. Therefore, there is no need for sutures or a donor site.
Results of Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation
Patients can see the results immediately after their procedure. Your gums will be back in the proper position, covering the tooth root. In addition, your teeth won’t look overly long anymore, and they won’t be sensitive because the root is no longer exposed. Pinhole rejuvenation is a permanent procedure. However, that doesn’t mean your gums can’t recede again if you have poor hygiene or are overly aggressive when you brush. With proper care, your gums can stay in the proper location for the duration.
Are there foods I need to avoid after having Pinhole Gum Surgery?
It’s hard to believe, but the pinhole or pinholes Dr. Brown uses to pull your receding gums down heal in just a day or so. Because of that, there aren’t any foods you specifically need to avoid.
But your gums will have some soreness, so you’ll probably want to avoid overly crunchy or chewy foods for a day or so. It’s not a rule, but it just makes managing food in your mouth a little easier if you don’t need to chew a bunch.
When can I brush my teeth after having Pinhole Gum Surgery?
You can brush your teeth the same night after your treatment at Implant Dentistry of Florida. The entry points made by Dr. Brown are only the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen, and they heal quite quickly. Take it easy on your gums for a couple days, but overzealous tooth brushing could be behind your gum recession in the first place. So, use a little lighter approach in the future.
“Dr. Brown and his staff are professional, knowledgeable and friendly. Dr. Brown has seen me in emergency situations and his work is impeccable. I would recommend Dr. Brown to anyone looking for an exceptional dentist.” – Debra W.
“The entire staff are warm and friendly. This was my 1st visit and they were very welcoming. They took their time and addressed every question I had and didn’t make me feel rushed at all. That made me feel very comfortable!” – Joyce T.
How long does recovery take after having Pinhole Gum Surgery?
This procedure may seem as if it would be traumatic since it involves moving the gum tissue from inside the gums, but it isn’t. The procedure simply frees the gum tissue that has pulled upward and then brings it back down to the proper position. There really isn’t any recovery and patients can return to work after their procedure, if they choose. However, some give it one day before resuming normal activities. Your gums will have some soreness but this pain is not acute and can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Schedule Your Consultation In Melbourne, FL
If you would like more information about pinhole gum rejuvenation schedule a consultation with our office by calling (321) 372-7700 today! Our team at Implant Dentistry of Florida serves Melbourne and surrounding areas in Florida.