Gum recession is a condition in which the gums pull away from the tooth. It can be caused by various factors such as gum disease, brushing too hard, or smoking. If ignored, gum recession can cause issues such as sensitivity to hot and cold and an increased risk of dental decay. Hence, it is important to find a dentist near you to get treatment for gum recession.
Traditionally, gum recession is treated by a gum graft, wherein donor tissue is taken from your mouth and grafted onto the exposed roots. Gum graft surgery has a high success rate, but it involves a surgical procedure and healing takes a long time.
Pinhole® surgery provides a scalpel-free and suture-free alternative to gum surgery. If you have teeth sensitivity or gum recession, you might be a good candidate for Pinhole surgery.
At Poplar Dental, we provide Pinhole surgery near you as an alternative to traditional gum grafts. It is a relatively new technique, and Dr. Erin Perry in Calgary, AB is one of the few dentists trained to do this procedure.
Pinhole surgery is minimally invasive, meaning no scalpel or suturing is required, unlike gum grafts.
First, you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the tissues. A pinhole is created using a needle in the gums near the affected tooth. Through this pinhole, specially designed instruments are used to loosen the gum tissue, which is then repositioned over the exposed root surface. Resorbable collagen strips may also be placed, which keep the stretched gum tissue in position.
There is minimal pain after a Pinhole surgery procedure, and it gives instant results. Although Pinhole surgery offers many benefits, it does have some limitations. For example, it cannot be performed if there is inflammation in the gums or severe bone loss.
If you want to find out if Pinhole surgery is the right choice for you, contact Poplar dental today!
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