Receding gums can affect the stability of your teeth and cause a number of painful symptoms, including dental sensitivity. The conventional method of addressing gum recession is gum grafting surgery, a long procedure requiring significant downtime. At our Merritt Island, FL, practice, we offer the revolutionary Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST), a scalpel-free, suture-free method for restoring the health of your smile. Drs. Chan Wilkhu and Mark Moffitt can examine your smile and determine whether this innovative alternative to traditional gum recession treatment is right for you.
During a conventional gum grafting procedure, your surgeon must first cut a graft from the soft palate, the backmost portion of the roof of your mouth. Then, they can use this tissue to cover exposed tooth roots and attach it with sutures. While this procedure is an effective way to address gum recession, patients are left with two surgical wounds that must heal. Furthermore, a gum graft can take up to an hour and a half to treat just one or two teeth and requires a two to three week recovery period.
In contrast, the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) is:
In addition, most patients can return to their normal activities the same day as their treatment.
Most patients with gum recession can qualify for the Pinhole Surgical Technique. However, there are a few conditions which can affect your results.
In order to qualify, patients must:
Dr. Wilkhu and Moffitt typically recommend that patients who grind or clench their teeth wear an oral appliance after their pinhole treatment to protect their results.
The best way to find out if you can benefit from this innovative gum recession treatment is to schedule an appointment with our team. Our doctors can assess your oral health and candidacy during an in-depth oral examination.
Before beginning, we will place a topical anesthetic on the areas being treated. Then, your doctor will create a tiny pinhole using a specialized tool. Using this opening, he will gently shift the tissue down to cover areas exposed due to recession. Once your gums are in their new position, he can place collagen strips to stabilize the gum flap and encourage regeneration of the gum tissue.
Our team offers the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique as a virtually painless method for addressing receded gums.
Your gums may be sensitive in the weeks after your treatment. However, most patients can manage any discomfort with over-the-counter medication. While you may need to eat soft foods for a few weeks, you can return to most of your normal activities immediately after the procedure.
Gum recession is a serious, progressive condition. Left untreated, it can affect the stability of your teeth and lead to tooth loss. Our team offers the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique as a virtually painless method for addressing receded gums. Find out more by contacting our office online or calling (321) 459-2444 today.