Receding gums are more than just a cosmetic issue; they expose your teeth to harmful bacteria that can damage your teeth and gums. That’s why Lida M. Vargas, DDS treats gums with the Pinhole Surgical Technique®, a less invasive alternative for receding gums than a gum tissue graft, at Virginia Dental Group PLLC in Fairfax, Virginia. Call or book an appointment online today to learn more.
Receding gums, also known as gingival recession, occur when the gums begin to separate and pull back from the teeth. As the gums recede, they start to reveal more of your teeth — even your tooth roots in severe cases — exposing your teeth to harmful plaque and bacteria.
Our gums are naturally strong and stable to protect our teeth, but when they begin to weaken and recede they create pockets of space between the gum line and teeth, allowing bacteria to get trapped inside. Over time, receding gums can lead to a number of health conditions, including tooth loss.
There are a number of reasons you may have receding gums, such as:
In the early stages, minor gum recession is typically treated by dentists with a proper professional cleaning. As it worsens, more invasive measures may need to be taken to prevent further tooth damage.
Traditionally, severely receding gums are treated with a tissue graft and sutures, which can be incredibly painful and time-consuming, and is typically accompanied by a long recovery process. Fortunately, the Pinhole Surgical Technique, a groundbreaking treatment offered by Virginia Dental Group — the only dentists certified to do so in the Fairfax area — is a gentle alternative to traditional soft tissue grafting in the treatment of gum recession.
Unlike soft tissue grafting, the Pinhole Surgical Technique is carried out by creating a small pinhole in the soft tissue near the tip of your tooth root. Because this area of your gums is movable and flexible, a small device can be inserted underneath the gums to pull them back with ease. The gums are then stretched toward the crown of your tooth to reverse the effects of gum recession.
To prevent further gum recession from developing in the future, the Pinhole Surgical Technique uses collagen strips, as opposed to stitches, to hold your gums in place. This allows your body to heal with gum tissue support.
The Pinhole Surgical Technique is an excellent alternative for patients hoping to treat receding gums without the pain and discomfort of traditional tissue grafting. For more information on this innovative dental procedure, call Virginia Dental Group or book an appointment online today.