As gum disease progresses to periodontitis, it’s advanced stage, it starts to eat away at the gums and teeth. Eventually, the gum will begin to recede and teeth will look like they’re getting longer. On top of that, periodontitis can’t be reversed – it can only be treated and kept in check. But what happens to the lost gums? Well, there isn’t a way to grow back gums. However, there’s a way to save healthy gum tissue and to extend its coverage to areas no longer covered by gum tissue. Take a look at the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique to find out how you can replace gum tissue, since growing new gum tissue is not an option.
How the Pinhole Surgical Technique Works
Why you can’t regrow gums, you can reallocate the healthy gum tissue that remains. The pinhole surgical technique entails pulling the gum line forward to again cover the areas it once did. Using a hole with roughly the circumference of a pin, the dentist hooks the gums and carefully pulls them forward. From there, the dentist will use place strips of collagen to keep the gums in their new position.
The entire process can be done in one appointment, requiring about an hour’s time for each row of teeth.
The Benefits of the Pinhole Technique
The pinhole technique is one of the least invasive options for treating gum recession, but the benefits of this procedure don’t end there:
No scalpel is required – that means you can expect much less discomfort than a conventional gum grafting procedure
No stitches are required – healing is also faster as a result
The procedure is relatively brief – you’ll spend less time at the dentist’s office
The results are immediate – you’ll be able to show off your enhanced smile the same day your procedure is performed
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