Gum recession is an oral affliction that affects half of the U.S. population. Up until recently, the most effective method that periodontists and dentists used to treat gum recession was conventional grafting, a technique that utilizes a scalpel and sutures. Unfortunately, grafting can be a very painful and tedious procedure that may require a long period of downtime afterward.
However, a dental breakthrough is now allowing dentists to address receding gums in a minimally invasive procedure that can be done in the same amount of time it takes to eat lunch. The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, also called Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation, is revolutionizing the way periodontists treat gum recession. This procedure is now performed by Dr. Samantha Aaron at Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey (SDNJ).
What Causes Gum Recession?
Gum recession is not reserved for the elderly. In fact, it's most commonly seen in those between the ages of 18 and 65. There are many causes that can lead to this dental complication, including:
- Overly aggressive tooth brushing
- Inadequate oral hygiene
- Hormonal changes
- Use of tobacco products
- Grinding or clenching
- A misaligned bite or crooked teeth
- Lip or tongue piercings that rub the gum tissue
Whatever the cause, it's important this issue is treated. If not addressed, tissue and bone-supporting structures can become severely damaged, which may result in tooth loss.
What is Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation?
Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation is proving to be a leading method of addressing gum recession. Here's what you can expect when you undergo this procedure at SDNJ. After the gum tissue is numbed, a needle creates a tiny entry point the size of a pen tip either above or below the affected teeth.
Through this small hole, Dr. Aaron utilizes special instruments that gently loosen the tissue of the gum. She then glides it over to cover the receded part of the tooth. Then, tiny collagen strips are passed through the opening and inserted under the gum. These keep the moved tissue in place.
With no cuts or sutures, our patients generally experience few postoperative symptoms, like bleeding, swelling and pain. In fact, the majority of our patients are pleasantly surprised by the immediate cosmetic improvement. After a short amount of time, the patient's body begins to produce new collagen to fix their receding gumline.
What Are the Benefits of the Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation
Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation is a new, cutting edge procedure with a huge number of benefits that patients are experiencing through this treatment method:
- Shorter Treatment Time: Treatment sessions are usually complete in as little as one to two hours.
- Short Downtime: Most patients can return to their normal activities in as little as 24 to 48 hours, barring strenuous activities.
- One Treatment Session: Patients generally see results after only one treatment session.
- Quick Heal Time: Patients begin to see pinholes heal within 24 hours.
- Less Pain: Most only require two over-the-counter pain pills after treatment.
Learn More About Gum Surgery From SDNJ
Only a Pinhole® Academy-certified dentist can offer Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation. Thankfully, our own Dr. Samantha Aaron is expertly trained and certified in The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST), a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure for correcting gum recession. This makes SDNJ your source for this breakthrough procedure.
If you are experiencing gum recession, pain and discomfort and have tried everything you can imagine to make that discomfort go away, you may have receding gums. This means it's time to make an appointment. At SDNJ, Dr. Aaron is one of the few periodontists in the region certified to perform this Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation.
Although there are other treatments for gum recession, Dr. Aaron strives to give patients optimal results with as little downtime as possible. Patients report less pain and discomfort associated with Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation. Plus, in general, Dr. Aaron can perform the procedure in one to two hours, depending on how many teeth are involved. The entry hole heals and is nearly undetectable in a day or so, with minimal bleeding and pain.
Schedule Your Appointment at SDNJ Today
For patients experiencing receding gums, it's time to schedule an appointment at SDNJ with specialized dentist Dr. Aaron. As an experienced periodontist, Dr. Aaron will be able to give you a personalized treatment that meets your specific needs. She will also walk you through the procedure, helping you fully understand what it entails ahead of time, as well as any postoperative care instructions.
Our team is on hand to make you feel at home from the moment you step into our dental office serving Manalapan, Englishtown and all of New Jersey.