Learning that you’re one of the 42% of adults in the United States with gum disease and significant gum recession isn’t good news, but with the revolutionary, minimally invasive Pinhole® Surgical Technique, restoring your teeth and gums to optimal health is easier than you think.
Dr. Uzma Ansari, of Lowes Island Dentistry, is the only dentist in the Northern Virginia area who is a licensed Pinhole Surgical Technique clinician. If you’ve got gum recession and don’t want to go through painful oral surgery, Dr. Ansari provides the unique scalpel- and suture-free Pinhole Surgical Technique. Learn how she can restore your oral health with minimal pain, swelling, and bleeding, and an easier recovery than traditional gum recession surgery.
Gum recession is a painful condition
Receding gums is a common condition that, left untreated, can lead to tooth sensitivity, pain, and infection. Typically, your gums recede because of poor oral hygiene that leads to gingivitis and periodontal disease. Caught early enough, though, and with the right treatment, it’s possible to reverse gum recession and alleviate painful symptoms.
Gum recession can also occur even when you practice good oral hygiene techniques. You may inherit genetic factors that lead to gum recession, or you may brush your teeth too hard — vigorous brushing with hard bristles can actually do more harm than good.
Whatever the cause, untreated gum recession means you’re putting yourself at risk of losing teeth. Once your gums recede to the point where the sensitive tissue that covers the tooth root is exposed, you’re at risk of further decay and infection, too.
Pinhole gum surgery relieves pain and improves gum recession
If you’re among the many people who put off getting treatment for gum recession and the various stages of gingivitis and gum disease out of fear of pain from the treatment, there’s good news. Instead of invasive surgery in which your dentist grafts healthy gum tissue from another area of your mouth to repair areas of severe recession, there’s an easier way: The Pinhole Surgical Technique.
How the Pinhole Surgical Technique is different
After traditional gum surgery, there are at least two surgical wounds in your mouth — one where the oral surgeon removes the gum tissue, and the other where they attach it to the new location. This is a time-consuming procedure that can take up to an hour per tooth, and leave you with a painful, slow recovery period of 2-3 weeks until your mouth fully heals.
The Pinhole Surgical Technique treats gum recession without grafting and without invasive treatment. Dr. Ansari makes a tiny hole the size of a needle point in your gum tissue — there’s no scalpel or cutting required. She uses special dental tools and techniques to move gum tissue over the recessed area of your teeth.
After Pinhole surgery, you won’t have open wounds in your mouth, other than the tiny pinhole. In most cases, because your body begins the healing process right away, by the day after treatment, the tiny pinhole closes itself up. You’ll hardly be able to tell that you even had gum surgery.
Pinhole surgery generates new collagen production in gum tissue
As an added benefit to this minimally invasive technique, Pinhole surgery prompts your body to generate new collagen within your gum tissue. This new collagen helps stabilize gum tissue in its new position over the exposed part of the tooth root. If you maintain your best oral hygiene and don’t brush your teeth too vigorously, the newly attached gum tissue will protect your teeth for many years after Pinhole surgery.
While it doesn’t cure gum disease, the Pinhole Surgical Technique does give you a cosmetic improvement, a less painful dental experience, and minimal postoperative swelling and bleeding for a faster recovery. That’s enough to make you not want to delay treatment for gum recession, and to follow a healthier path for your teeth and gums moving forward.
To learn more about the innovative Pinhole Surgical Technique and to find out if you’re a good candidate for this treatment, call our friendly office staff at 703-495-2671, or request an appointment online anytime day or night.