Have you noticed that your teeth look longer than they used to? Have you experienced an increase in tooth sensitivity or more frequent cavities? If so, you may be suffering from gingival recession or receding gums. Gum recession is most common in adults who are over 40. It can lead to an increase in infection or tooth decay as well as cosmetic changes that might make you look older.
In the past, treatment for gum recession involved removing gum tissue from the roof of a patient’s mouth using a scalpel and then grafting that tissue to the area of where the gums were receding. This process was painful and required a long period of recovery – roughly three weeks – because of the need for sutures at the excision site.
Introducing The Pinhole Surgical Technique® – Now Available at Ranchlands Dental! We are proud to offer our patients a new procedure to treat gum recession. The Pinhole Surgical Technique® is ground breaking because it successfully treats gum recession without painful and invasive surgery. Instead, a small, pinhole-sized puncture is made into the gums at the area of recession. Then, a special instrument is used to gently tug the gums back into their proper place.
The gums are held in place with the help of collagen. Treatment with PST® is far less painful than gum grafting, results in much less bleeding and no scarring, and can be accomplished in one hour – all without the need for painkillers or sedatives during treatment. Perhaps most importantly for our patients, the recovery time is almost non-existent. The puncture hole, because it is so small, disappears within one day after the treatment is complete. Check out these Before and 1-Hour-Later photos:
This procedure is often referred to as the Lunchtime Gumlift because of how quick and painless it is for patients. As you can see, the results are nothing short of dramatic. Take a look at the video below, then call us to learn more about this amazing new procedure!