We often speak with patients who notice changes in the appearance of their teeth. The teeth may be noticeably longer with less gum showing. This is a sign of gum recession, a treatable condition where your gums pull back exposing more of your tooth including the root. Gum recession is not only unsightly; it exposes your teeth and gums to decay and disease.
We treat a mild case of gum recession with a deep cleaning called scaling and planing. Our dentist or hygienist scrapes away built-up plaque and tartar on your teeth and below the gumline. Your gums go back into place, and you may receive an antibiotic to prevent bacteria growth.
Years ago, a gum graft was the solution to gum recession. Our dentist would suture donor tissue to your gums with the hope that the new tissue would attach, or graft, to your existing gum tissue and cover the exposed parts of your teeth. As you can imagine, this involved a recovery time which could be lengthy.
Fortunately, modern dentistry allows our dentist to offer you an alternative to the gum graft. A treatment which is known as Pinhole surgical technique or PST makes treating gum recession simpler with faster recovery time.
The PST procedure begins with local anesthesia to numb the area surrounding your receding gums. Then our dentist makes a tiny hole in your gum and inserts special dental instruments between your teeth and gums. Your gums are gently expanded and slid into their correct position, covering your teeth and roots.
Our patients give us positive feedback about the PST treatment especially regarding the fast recovery time and minimally invasive nature of the procedure. We also hear from patients who appreciate the fact that there are no grafts or donor tissue with the Pinhole surgical technique.
If you believe you may have gum recession, contact our office as soon as possible. Treating the condition at the earliest possible point in time will help to prevent damage to your teeth, roots, and gums. If you would like more information about PST, please reach out to one of our staff, we are always happy to help you.