Frequently Asked Questions About Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation®
What is Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation®?
Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation®, also known as the Pinhole Surgical Technique®, is a procedure that repairs receding gums without the need for traditional gum surgery. Through a tiny pinhole placed in the gum tissue in the treatment area, a special instrument is inserted that slightly shifts the gum tissue down over the tooth’s root. This can create a healthier, and more aesthetically pleasing position for the gums.
Will the procedure hurt?
It is unlikely that you will feel excessive pain or discomfort during the procedure. Our dentist, Dr. Joseph Willardsen, will numb your gums before the Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation® procedure. The pin-sized hole typically heals on its own by the end of the day. Overall, your chances of bleeding, swelling, or feeling significant discomfort during or after the procedure are very low.
What’s the difference between Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation® and a gum graft?
The Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation® technique doesn’t require cutting and suturing, whereas traditional gum grafting surgery does require those invasive methods. Once a needle is used to make the pinhole, our dentist will gently redrape the gum tissue so that it covers exposed tooth roots. In comparison, a gum graft requires surgical tools to graft a piece of tissue from the roof of the patient’s mouth over the exposed root of their tooth. This type of procedure creates multiple wounds and can take weeks to completely heal. The Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation® technique is quick, less invasive, and allows patients to heal fast.
Will Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation® solve my gum disease?
No, the Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation® treatment was not created to resolve gum disease or periodontal issues other than gum recession – which is often a symptom of gum disease. The technique works to restore the gumline to a healthier position. Dr. Willardsen will talk with you about treatments for gum disease that can address that problem in addition to gum rejuvenation.
How long will the procedure take?
The complete length of your procedure depends on how many teeth need treatment. Typically, one tooth takes about 20 minutes to repair, and multiple teeth can be treated in a single appointment.
What about recovery?
The length of recovery is one of the chief benefits of Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation®. Since the treatment requires no incisions or stitches, many people are able to resume eating normally within hours. Most patients need only very minimal recovery time with this procedure, whereas gum surgery would require an extensive recovery period.
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