For patients dealing with gingival recession, or receding gums, pinhole gum surgery is a minimally invasive treatment option that is often effective at moving gums back down to the original, proper position. Some patients avoid treatment for gingival recession due to fear of the pain of soft-tissue grafting. However, untreated gum recession leaves teeth roots…
What is Pinhole Gum Surgery?
Pinhole gum surgery makes life a lot easier for people who have advanced gum disease who are afraid of soft tissue grafts. These people often ignore recommendations by their dentist to talk to a periodontist about their condition, probably due to the many horror stories they have heard about the procedure.
For people with such phobias, the thought of losing teeth due to gum disease is not as scary as having to go through a soft tissue graft. Not all dentists are fans of soft tissue grafts either. Many would rather avoid such procedures unless the patient has a high risk of losing a tooth due to the condition of their gums.
How pinhole gum surgery helps
This is the least invasive way to address gum recession without soft tissue grafts or surgery. The treatment combines traditional gum surgery procedures like guided bone regeneration and coronally positioned flaps to stop and reverse gum recession.
Pinhole gum surgery makes it possible to cover up receding gumlines. Instead of using traditional surgical tools like scalpels, a small hole is made by inserting a needle into the affected area and injecting materials through the hole to restore the appearance of the flap. Collagen strips are used to prevent the flaps from going back to their receded position. The collagen is inserted beneath the gumline via the same pinhole.
The limitations of pinhole gum surgery
As is the case with any medical procedure, there are some limitations to the effectiveness of pinhole gum surgery. For example, its effectiveness might be limited if the person has advanced bone loss, since there will not be adequate amounts of bone support to maintain the new position.
Additionally, pinhole gum surgery is more effective if the patient does not have any inflammation and their gum disease is under control. Little things like brushing too hard can also affect the effectiveness of this treatment.
Advantages of pinhole gum surgery
PGS makes it possible to treat multiple teeth during a single visit since the stress put on the person's gums is minimal. Traditional gum treatments are more restrictive due to their invasive nature. The patient's mouth has to be broken down into sections to make the treatment more manageable. With PGS, the patient spends less time sitting in the dentist's chair, and they deal with a lot less pain after the procedure.
Give PGS a try
Gum recession is only one of the many symptoms of gum disease. When left untreated, the condition will eventually lead to the loss of your real teeth, and it can even lead to other health problems like heart disease and diabetes. If your fear of getting gum grafts has been keeping you away from getting the treatment you need, talk to a dentist about PGS. The treatment will restore the appearance of your teeth without traumatizing you. Stop by our Sandy office to learn more about how PGS can effectively treat receding gums.
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