Did you know that over half of all Americans suffer from gum recession? As a result, many people live with tooth sensitivity, root decay, and are unhappy with the overall appearance of their smiles.
There are many treatment options to reverse receding gums, including the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique ®. This revolutionary new procedure has many benefits and is an alternative to more traditional treatments, such as gum grafting. The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is an effective and long lasting procedure that allows us to correct receding gums with minimal discomfort, rapid healing time, and allows correction of many teeth in a single sitting. To learn how this new technique can improve your receding gums in San Diego, please call (619) 299-5925 or email Strober Dental for an appointment with periodontist Dr. Tina Beck.
Why Correct Receding Gums
Receding gums affect the health and appearance of your teeth. Receding gums can:
- Make your teeth sensitive to heat or cold
- Expose the unattractive tooth root
- Make your teeth look crooked, even if they’re straight
- Lead to root decay
- Contribute to bone loss
Tooth sensitivity is often one of the first symptoms people experience with receding gums. When drinking your hot coffee in the morning or a cold beer in the evening, you may experience a sting in one of your teeth. When you look in the mirror, you notice that your gums have pulled back on one or more teeth, and your tooth changes color at one point, from white smooth enamel to yellowish, rough cementum–the material that covers your tooth roots. You might notice that your smile looks crooked now that the gum line isn’t parallel to the teeth.
What you won’t notice right away is that your cementum is much more vulnerable to decay than your enamel–and decay in the root is harder to repair. A tooth with decay in the root might have to be extracted and replaced with a dental implant. But there might also not be enough bone to support the tooth or the implant because receding gums can also contribute to bone loss.
Gum rejuvenation with the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique ® will correct the the cosmetic effects of receding gums and may allow for improvement of the health and functional effects.
Benefits of the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique ®
Compared to traditional gum grafting procedure, the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique ®:
- Is minimally invasive
- Allows correction of may teeth in a single sitting
- Does not require the use of stitches
- Rapid recovery period with minimal pain
In traditional gum grafting procedures, donor tissue is removed from under the skin on the roof of the mouth, and placed in a pouch created between the recipient tooth and overlaying recessed gum. Then stitches are used to hold the pouch closed and secure the graft until it healed, usually about 6 weeks later.
With the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique ®, a small hole is placed in the gum below the teeth through which specialized instruments are used to push the gum into a healthier position higher on the tooth, covering the root. The newly positioned gum tissue is then held in place with collagen strips placed under the gum, in between the teeth–not stitches. This collagen is then naturally absorbed over time, leaving your gums healthier and stronger. Since there is no need for donor tissue, there is no additional surgical site, reducing discomfort and allowing multiple teeth to be treated at one time.
Work with a Periodontist for Gum Rejuvenation
Dr. Tina Beck is a board certified periodontist, specializing in all types of gum-related procedures, including the correcting of gum recession. She knows better than most dentists what makes gum tissues heal properly and how to work with them. With 3 years of additional training after completing 4 years of dental school, she is highly qualified to perform corrective procedures like the Pinhole Surgical Technique. Dr. Beck will help you decide which gum rejuvenation procedure is right for you.
An Alternative for Filling in Black Triangles
The Chao Pinhole® surgical technique works well for covering your tooth roots, but it isn’t always the best choice for filling in black triangles around your teeth. Although these are caused by receding gums, it can be hard to get the gums to grow back into these spaces. Instead, BioClear, a new type of dental bonding, can be used to reshape your teeth to fill in the gaps. During your consultation, we can evaluate the state of your teeth and gums and recommend the best treatment for you.