Introducing the Pinhole Surgical Technique for Gum Rejuvenation!
Also known as the “Lunchtime Gum Lift”, this technique is a method of correcting gum recession. Invented by John Chao, DDS, it is minimally invasive-no stitches, nor scalpels, nor additional donor graft sites are necessary to complete this technique.
Who gets recession?
Anyone can get recession. Recession is when the tissue around your teeth moves away from your tooth, resulting in your teeth looking longer, and more of the root being exposed. Recession can be caused by gum infection, aggressive toothbrushing, facial piercings and can be made worse by changes in hormones, smoking and tobacco related products, clenching and grinding, and misaligned teeth.
Why do I need my recession corrected?
When this occurs, this root surface is very vulnerable to getting cavities as it wasn’t designed to be exposed. If not enough protective tissue is there, gum recession may continue even faster, leading to sensitivity and vulnerability to decay. You are more likely to lose a tooth as a direct consequence of exposed roots getting decay, which is why it is important to correct the recession. Recession is much easier to treat earlier rather than later, so early detection is key! Come see us for an evaluation ASAP!
Will I have to take time off of work? Is it painful?
Most patients are back to light activity within 1-2 days. We will give you detailed post-operative instructions to guide you after your procedure. Because the technique is minimally invasive, there is a minimal amount of discomfort and swelling, especially when compared to traditional methods. On average, patients take 2 over the counter pain pills after treatment(IJPRD, October 2012)*. Patients are usually back to work the next day.
Will my insurance cover this procedure?
As with any procedure, dental insurance benefits vary based on your insurance plan and the insurance plan’s requirements for benefit. Here at the Broward Laser Center for Periodontics and Implants, we will take all records necessary to maximize your insurance coverage. If your insurance does not cover this procedure or you do not have insurance, not to worry! We offer a wide variety of financing options and payment plans- we will work with you to make this procedure a reality for you.
Am I a candidate for the Pinhole Surgical Technique?
Come see us today for an evaluation to see if the Pinhole Surgical Technique is for you! Call us at (561) 272-5858 for our Delray Beach Location!
*Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2012;32:521-531.