The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™ Corrects Gum Recession
The Pain-Free, Scalpel-Free Way to Correct Receding Gums in Moorestown NJ
Gum recession can be a daunting prospect. The common belief is that once the gum is gone, you must endure a procedure like tissue grafts as the only repair option. Innovations in dentistry, however, have made it possible to correct gum recession in as minimally invasive a way as possible with the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™.
Before Pinhole Gum Treatment
After Pinhole Gum Treatment
What Is Gum Recession?
Gum recession is also known as gingival recession. When the gum tissue is recessed, it is pulled away from the teeth or worn away. This leaves more of the tooth exposed and, in the worst cases, the tooth’s root is exposed. A natural side effect of gum recession is the pockets or gaps that form between teeth and gum line, creating areas ripe for catching bacteria and plaque. This situation then makes a patient far more susceptible to decay and gum disease, which could lead to tooth loss.
Gum recession does occur gradually, which is why it’s essential to keep up with twice yearly visits to your biomimetic dentist. Your dentist keeps a close watch on the health and position of your gums and will notice immediately if recession has begun to develop, grown worse, or reached the point of needing treatment. Tooth sensitivity is one of the signs of gum recession, as are teeth that look longer than normal.
Causes of Gum Recession
The possibility of gum recession happening within your mouth can be frightening. There are, however, certain behaviors that spur on the development of gum recession.
- Aggressive brushing. Often, people mistake vigorous brushing as thorough brushing. But scrubbing your teeth isn’t necessary. Gentle brushing gets the job done and protects your gums at the same time.
- Using the wrong tools. Unless you have been instructed otherwise, use a soft-bristle toothbrush to clean your teeth.
- Teeth grinding. Gnawing away at your teeth unconsciously while you sleep, or even during waking hours, can lead to many oral health problems, from enamel erosion to broken teeth to, of course, gum recession. A mouth guard can keep this habit under control and safeguard your gums.
- Misalignment. If your teeth are out of alignment, the abnormal tooth positioning can contribute to the development of gum recession when too much force is placed on the gums and bone.
- Gum disease. Neglecting to care for your teeth with daily brushing and flossing and avoiding your bi-annual dental visits can only create problems. If you develop gum disease because of a buildup of plaque and bacteria, if you do not address painful tooth problems when they begin, you can be at risk for all kinds of oral health complications, including gum recession.
- Genetics. The simple fact is that if your parents experienced gum recession, you’re at a greater risk of developing it yourself. That’s the luck of the draw, but doing your best to combat what seems like the inevitable can help ward off the worst of gum recession and lessen your predisposition to develop this oral health complication.
The good news, however, is that gum recession has a solution. Once any underlying issues are under control, the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™ can likely be used to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.
The Traditional Method for Gum Recession Repair
The traditional methods of gum recession repair can be invasive and lead to discomfort afterward. In the typical treatment, tissue grafts – gathered from the patient or from a human donor – are surgically placed and connected with adjoining tissues to encourage the growth of tissue. The gum tissue needs to be cut from the roof of the patient’s mouth and transplanted around the recessed tooth in order for the recession to be covered. Scalpels, sutures, and plenty of time in the dentist’s chair are part and parcel of traditional gum recession repair.
The Biomimetic Way to Repair Gum Recession: The Methodology Behind the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™
The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™ is unlike any traditional gum grafting procedures. This breakthrough treatment is non-invasive and does not involve the use of scalpels or sutures. No gum tissue needs to be cut from the roof of the patient’s mouth, or collected from a donor, or sutured over the area of gum recession as with a conventional gum graft.
The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™ is conducted in the following manner:
- Small pinholes are placed in the gum tissue.
- Specially designed instruments are gently passed through the pinholes to loosen the gum tissue.
- The tissue is repositioned over the areas of gum recession.
- Collagen is passed through the pinholes to hold the newly positioned gum tissue in place while healing takes place.
The recovery time after the Chao Pinhole Technique™ is much shorter, and patients experience far less discomfort after the treatment is completed. Some swelling is expected, but overall the pain is mild, if any. Of course, there are no stitches or cutting to worry about. As another incredible benefit, the results of the pinhole treatment are visible immediately after the procedure is finished.
Gum Recession Repair from Moorestown Dental Professionals in New Jersey
Gum recession can affect your overall health and well-being. But you should not be discouraged about seeking out help for your oral health problems. If you fear the dentist or the repairs that will be necessary, it’s important to understand that visiting a biomimetic dentistry is your surest route to effective, less-invasive dental treatments.
If you have concerns about gum recession or any other oral health problem, contact Dr. Donna Rush-Esmail at Moorestown Dental Professionals in Moorestown, New Jersey to find out whether you’re a good candidate for the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™. There is always a solution for your oral health complaint.