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Best Treatment For Gum Recession by San Diego Periodontics & Implant Dentistry

When most people hear the words “healthy smile,” they imagine clean, radiant teeth—not gums. Of course, we don’t want our gums to take the spotlight when we smile, but they do play a major role in keeping our teeth bright and beautiful.  Receding gums call attention to themselves, not only by lengthening the teeth and causing visual imbalances in the gumline, but also by causing tooth sensitivity and discomfort. Receding gums don’t go away on their own, but treatment is available. 

There are a few different methods for treating receding gums, and the best one for each case depends on several factors, including the cause of the gum recession and the severity of the problem. While there is no single treatment that’s right for every case, The Chao Pinhole Technique is often preferred by periodontists and patients when appropriate. 

The importance of healthy gums

Gums are the soft tissue that encase the teeth, teeth roots, and jaw bones.  They provide the support structure that helps to keep the teeth in place, and their tight seal acts as a protective barrier against bacteria. Healthy gums are crucial for maintaining not only oral health, but also overall health. Damaged gums, receding gums, or diseased gums increase the risk of tooth sensitivity, toothaches, tooth decay, loose teeth, painful chewing problems, and even serious health complications including stroke, diabetes, and heart disease.  The best ways to keep gums healthy are to floss daily, brush twice a day, stop smoking, and visit your dentist regularly.  Unfortunately, even when you do these things consistently, your gums may still recede. If they do, it’s important to get treatment as soon as possible.

What are receding gums and what causes them?

Receding gums, also known as gingival recession, involves the loss of gum tissue. The gums drawback or wear away, exposing the tooth root, which causes tooth sensitivity and results in gaps where bacteria collects and is unreachable with a toothbrush or dental floss. Receding gums can be caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Gum disease
  • Aggressive brushing
  • Genetics (thin gum tissue)
  • Teeth grinding 
  • Lip or tongue piercings that rub against the gums
  • Smoking
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Trauma

Once lost, gum tissue does not grow back, but The Chao Pinhole Technique can build up your gums and restore your oral health, with very little discomfort and minimal downtime. 

The best treatment for gum recession: The Pinhole Technique

It used to be that a gum graft was the only way to restore gum health after recession. While the gum graft does have a very high success rate, it is more invasive and requires more downtime than the revolutionary and minimally invasive Pinhole Technique.  

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is a scalpel-free, suture-free gum recession treatment for correcting receding gums.  When you come in to San Diego Periodontics and Implant Dentistry for your procedure, Dr. Kwok will apply a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. He will then use a syringe needle to make a tiny hole in the healthy gums at the treatment site. This loosens the tissue, allowing Dr. Kwok to gently reposition the gums, cover the exposed tooth root, and restore the gum line. He then places tiny resorbable collagen membrane strips in the pinhole to help stabilize the gum tissue during the healing process. In most cases the small entry point is healed within a day. And as long as the cause of the gum recession has been eliminated, you can continue to enjoy your beautifully restored smile for years to come. 

Other treatments for receding gums

As mentioned above, the Pinhole Technique may not be appropriate in every case, but there are a few other options that can reattach or restore gum tissue around the teeth. These include:

  • Scaling and root planing
  • Connective tissue graft 
  • Pat Allen’s tunneling technique

There are multiple gum recession treatment options to choose from, and a consultation with Dr. Kwok is the best way to help determine which treatment is right for you. 

Do you have Receding gums? Visit San Diego Periodontics & Implant Dentistry

At San Diego Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, you’re in the hands of Dr. Kennie Kwok, a highly experienced and compassionate periodontist with a commitment to excellence. If you’re concerned about receding gums, he can help. Dr. Kwok is Board Certified in Periodontology and Implant Dentistry and has earned certifications in The Chao Pinhole Technique and a range of other innovative techniques for improving oral health and setting smiles free. 

For more information about Dr. Kwok or any of our services or procedures, give us a call at (619) 543-0905 today. 

San Diego patient that got treatment for receding gums with the pinhole surgical technique

Receding gums, also known as gingival recession, are a prevalent problem, especially in older individuals. In fact, a study found that 88% of people over 65 have gum recession in at least one tooth. The traditional method for treating gingival recession is soft-tissue grafting, but many patients are afraid of the treatment because of the notion that grafting can be very painful. This reluctance has sparked innovation, leading to the Pinhole Surgical Technique to treat gum recession.

What are Receding Gums?

Gingival recession is when the gums wear down or pull back from the tooth. The receding gums reveal more of the tooth, and in some cases, this leaves the root of the tooth exposed. This can lead to the tooth being overly sensitive and weaken the gum tissue surrounding the tooth.

Normally we need strong, firm, non-moving gum tissue to surround and protect our teeth, but the weak tissue caused by gingival recession can create pockets of space between the gumline and the tooth. These little pockets are magnets for bacteria that can eventually lead to serious gum disease. If gum recession is not corrected and treated, the structure of the teeth and tissue around it can be catastrophically damaged, leading to tooth loss.

What is the Pinhole Surgical Technique?

The Pinhole Surgical Technique may be a treatment option for those with gingival recession, offering a minimally invasive alternative to more complicated gum recession procedures that features grafting or sutures. By combining aspects of the coronally positioned flap technique and the tunnel technique, the Pinhole Surgical Technique may be an efficient and effective way to treat gum recession.

How Does the Pinhole Surgical Technique Treat Gum Recession?

As the name of the treatment suggests, the Pinhole Surgical Technique begins by creating a small pinhole into the movable gum tissue located near the tip of the tooth root where the gum recession is present. Once the pinhole is made, a device is inserted through the hole to stretch and peel the gums back, pushing it towards the crown of the tooth.

Once in place, instead of using stitches to keep it there, the Pinhole Surgical Technique uses collagen strips, inserting the strips through the pinhole. The strips are then used to hold the gum tissue in place, creating the new tissue support and assisting in the healing process. The healing period allows the body creating a new gum tissue attachment to the new location.

What are the Advantages of the Pinhole Surgical Technique?

The primary advantage of the Pinhole Surgical Technique is that multiple teeth can be treated in one sitting. When using more traditional treatments for gingival recession it may require multiple grafting sessions if you have a recession on multiple teeth. Pinhole Surgical Technique can be used to treat the entire mouth in just one sitting. It also makes for a less painful recovery and is a faster procedure than grafting.

The Pinhole Surgical Technique is a Great Way to Treat Gum Recession

The Pinhole Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive, less painful, and faster way to treat receding gums then the more traditional methods, making it a great alternative to treat gingival recession. If you would like to request a consultation for gum recession or other dental issues, give us a call at (619) 543-0905.  

For additional information, watch this video providing a visual representation of how the procedure works.