What is Pinhole Surgery?
Gum recession is a common dental condition that can cause severe sensitivity and cosmetic issues. In the past, one of the only ways to cover an area that was receded was with a skin grafting. Thankfully, technology has come a long way, and a new technique known as pinhole surgery is a better and less invasive option. Pinhole surgery is able to cover areas within the mouth where you’re experiencing gum recession.
Why is Pinhole Surgery needed?
If left untreated, gum recession can and will get worse. One of the major issues that comes with recession is the sensitivity. You may find that you can’t eat or drink your favorite things because the roots of your teeth are exposed. Likewise, you’re more prone to tooth decay because of having more tooth structure exposed to the plaque and bacteria within the mouth. Many people are unhappy with the way that their smile looks because of gum recession.
Who is a candidate for Pinhole Surgery?
Pinhole surgery requires absolutely no incisions or sutures. Because of this, it is an ideal option for most people who have mild to moderate gum recession. Dr. Alfonso will examine your smile and determine if the pinhole surgical technique is right for you. You can benefit from having the procedure done, since it will take care of the receding gums and improve the look of your smile.
What happens during Pinhole Surgery?
To begin, we will numb the area to make the procedure comfortable for you. A small pinhole is placed through the gums in the area of the recession. Dr. Alfonso then uses special tools to loosen the gum tissue. This loosened tissue is then pulled over the area where the roots are exposed. No stitches are required because the gums will heal naturally in the area they were placed. The procedure is minimally invasive, and you will find that there is very little pain or discomfort even after the anesthetic wears off.
If you would like to learn more about pinhole surgery and how it works, call us today to schedule an appointment with our office.