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. However, at Implant Dentistry of Florida, Dr. Brown performs pinhole surgery.
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.
Pinhole Surgery vs Gum Grafting
Traditionally, treatment for this 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.
Candidates for Gum Rejuvenation
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 Dr. Brown. There is no limit to how many teeth or amount of exposure can be addressed in one session.
Before & After Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation
Benefits Of Pinhole Surgery
Pinhole surgery has a number of benefits including:
- Less discomfort after treatment
- Quick recovery
- No invasive tools or sutures
- No need for donor tissue
- Long lasting solution
- Natural-looking results
The Gum Rejuvenation Procedure
Dr. Brown starts 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 Dr. Brown will insert a special dental instrument. Next, he moves 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, he places 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.
Recovery After Pinhole 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.
“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.
Pinhole Rejuvenation Results
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.
Schedule a Consultation
If you would like more information about pinhole gum rejuvenation schedule a consultation with our office by calling (321) 372-7700 today! Dr. Brown and the staff at Implant Dentistry of Florida serve Melbourne and surrounding areas in Florida.