Traditional methods of treating acute cases of receding gums use a tissue graft from a healthy part of the gum or mouth to cover the exposed roots of the teeth. This procedure involves cutting away a section of tissue. As well as being painful, this treatment requires an extended period of recovery. Another drawback of the traditional treatment for receding gums is that it can only repair a few teeth at a time, meaning that if the problem was widespread, a patient might have to undergo several operations. However, there is now a state-of-the-art alternative treatment known as the pinhole surgical technique. Below is a guide to the pinhole surgical technique which will help you to decide if this treatment is suitable for you.
The pinhole surgical technique
Because the pinhole surgical technique uses a very fine needle, it involves no cutting or stitching of the gum. The needle is inserted into the gum and then used to loosen gum tissue, allowing your dentist to move so that it covers the exposed roots of your teeth. To reduce the level of discomfort felt and the recovery time, the technique is designed to be minimally invasive. This method also allows a dentist to treat multiple teeth at the same time.
The risk associated with the pinhole surgical technique
Because it does not involve cutting open the gums, the pinhole surgical technique presents a lower risk of infection when compared to traditional gum grafting. However, there are still risks associated with the procedure. Post operation, the majority of patients will experience some swelling, bleeding and bruising of the gums. There is also a low risk of infection. The pinhole surgical technique can also cause patients to suffer from increased tooth sensitivity and numbness in their lips and chin which may persist long after the procedure as been completed. If you have any concerns about the potential risk associated with the pinhole surgical technique, you should speak with your dentist before undergoing the procedure.
The success rate of the pinhole surgical technique
There are many factors which influence the success of the pinhole surgical technique. How acutely the gums are recessed, and the level of tissue or bone loss can affect the chances of the procedure being a success, as can the diet and lifestyle of the patient. However, the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry found that 95% of patients who received pinhole surgical treatment were happy with the results.
If you have any concerns about the health of your gums, contact a dentist today.