When is Pinhole Surgery Effective?

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We see patients each day who have problems with receding gum lines. Not only is a gum line that is receding unsightly, but it is a condition that puts the roots at risk of damage. The longer you allow gum recession to continue unchecked, the more potential there is for damage to your roots.

Until recently, when a cosmetic dentist wanted to cover exposed tooth roots from unsightly recession, there was only one option an elaborate surgery called a graft. During a graft, the dentist removes some skin from the roof of your mouth. Next, the skin covers the area where your gums receded and sutured into place. Our dentist sutures the donor tissue into place.

The thought behind this procedure is that, over a period of time, the skin will attach to the receding gum line. This will cover the tooth roots to protect them from damage. Replacing the receded gums also creates an attractive smile. Even though grafting had a high rate of success, the invasive surgery, long recovery, and chance of poorly matched skin tones all cooled the high anticipation for the procedure.

is a relatively new procedure that allows a dentist to cover the exposed root without any surgery. Our dentist starts this procedure by numbing the area surrounding the gum that needs repair. Next, the dentist makes tiny pinholes in the gum need repairing. Our dentist will use very small dental instruments to make holes in the receded gums. The gums are detached away from the gum line and pulled into their correct position where they cover the roots that once were exposed. Patients and dental professionals prefer this method because it is fast, painless, and heals quickly.

If you have a receding gum line, please feel free to contact our office. A member of our staff can set up an appointment for you to speak with our dentist and have your gums evaluated.

When is Pinhole Surgery Effective?

Causes and Treatments of Gum Recession

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Our gums support and protect our teeth and roots. Unfortunately, gum tissue can recede and the gumline pull away from a healthy position. Here is a look at why this happens, and how our Orange County dentist treats this issue.


Causes of gum recession

Common reasons why the gums recede include bruxism, gum disease, and brushing the teeth too hard. Someone may also suffer from receding gums due to aging, their genetic makeup, or poor tooth positions. Our expert in gum recession in Orange County may be able to determine the underlying cause.


Treatment possibilities

Our dentist utilizes pinhole surgery to treat this issue. This involves creating holes throughout the gums, effectively loosening the tissue. This allows them to glide the gums back over the teeth, protecting the roots and creating a better looking smile. Another type of treatment is gum grafting. Our dentist can use tissue from another area of your mouth, from a donor, or synthetic tissue to replace and fill out the gums. To ensure the results of treatment last, patients should refrain from smoking and similar bad habits, which inhibits healing and promotes inflammation.

If you are concerned about your gums and whether or not they have receded, schedule an appointment with our dentist.

Causes and Treatments of Gum Recession