Most of our dental care practices focus chiefly on making sure we have clean, white teeth. It is unfortunate that many people don’t make enough effort to take care of their gums. Healthy gums are a significant factor in preventing tooth loss as we age, so it’s very vital to do everything we can to make sure our gums stay healthy and strong.
Receding gums, also known as gingival recession, is a widespread grievance in people, especially among adults over 65. The most common method employed at present to treat gingival recession is soft-tissue grafting. Many patients steer clear of this traditional treatment method because soft-tissue grafting can be a lengthy and painful process if multiple teeth are affected by gingival recession. The Pinhole Surgical Technique is the latest treatment for curing the receding gums. The procedure is relatively painless and much faster and shows excellent potential as a long-term solution to receding gums.
What is the Pinhole Surgical Technique?
It should be kept in mind that not all patients will be contenders for the Pinhole Surgical Technique. There are some restraints that may prevent a patient from being able to undergo the procedure. The patient must be physically fit with no underlying diseases, and the bone structure in the area must be healthy and strong. Your dentist will conduct a complete exam and decide if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure before going ahead with the process.
The Pinhole Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive procedure for treating the recession of gums. In contrast to soft-tissue grafting, this technique involves creating a pinhole in the gum tissue that is receding. A device is placed into the hole after the pinhole has been made. This device helps peel and stretch the gum into a healthier and more appropriate position on the tooth. It generally means that the gums are brought downward. Once the gum tissue is moved to the desired location, a dentist introduces collagen strips into the pinhole in the gums. While soft-tissue grafting uses sutures to hold the gums in place, these collagen strips keep the gums in position in a much more minimally invasive way. They also help in forming new tissue that will eventually secure the gums in their new location.
What are the advantages of the Pinhole Surgical Technique?
One of the crucial reasons many people prefer the Pinhole Surgical Technique over more traditional treatment methods is because this technique can help treat multiple locations in one sitting. Grafting, on the other hand, requires numerous sessions if multiple teeth are affected by gingival recession. The Pinhole Surgical Technique enables a patient to have their full mouth treated at once, thereby saving on time and money in the long run. Another key advantage to the Pinhole Surgical Technique is the healing process is of a much shorter duration. Besides, it is not as painful as the more traditional methods for treating this specific dental problem.
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