It starts out with dental hypersensitivity, that dull pain that comes with exposure to your morning coffee or a tall glass of iced tea. Then, your teeth begin to look a little strange … maybe a little longer than usual? And before you know it, you notice that your gumline seems to be disappearing.
Gumline recession is incredibly common. It’s most common in adults over the age of 40 — particularly women — but it’s a process that can start in adolescence. And although it’s often a product of gum disease, gum recession can occur in otherwise healthy mouths.
As we near the end of Gum Disease Awareness Month, the office of Jennifer Perkins, DDS wanted to share with you one of the ways we’re using a game-changing treatment called the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique to repair damaged gumlines and restore healthy smiles!
Unlike traditional methods, this approach to gum rehabilitation requires no sutures and no surgical cutting. It’s just a simple procedure that can be completed in as little as an hour. This approach requires special certification, so we think it’s pretty special that Dr. Perkins can offer it right here in Huntsville, AL.
Read on to learn more about this exciting solution to gum recession. Then if you’re looking for gentle gum rejuvenation options, give us a call at 256-801-0002 to schedule a consultation.
A More Gentle Approach
At one point in time, the only way to repair a receded gumline was with a procedure called gum grafting. This treatment involves removing a small amount of healthy tissue, typically from the roof of the mouth, and securing it over the affected gumline with sutures. It’s not a bad option. The presence of the graft helps encourage regrowth of healthy gum tissue and bone that may have been lost as a result of recession. But recovery from gum grafting can take as long as two weeks.
Gum grafting is still the most common way to repair gum recession damage, but there’s now a minimally invasive alternative that’s growing in popularity: the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique. The dentist who created this treatment felt that gum grafting was uncomfortable for patients, so he wanted to find a better way to do things.
When you come see Dr. Perkins for Chao Pinhole gum rejuvenation, she’ll first thoroughly numb the area to ensure your comfort. This treatment is so gentle that many patients find that local anesthesia is enough to keep them comfortable, but we also offer oral sedation if you’re feeling particularly anxious about the work.
Then, Dr. Perkins creates two tiny entry points — “pinholes” — in your gums. Using special tools, she’ll adjust the position of your gums so they can better protect your teeth. She’ll also insert strips of collagen to stabilize the area and promote healing.
You’ll see immediate results. In fact, you’ll leave the office with a gumline that looks healthier than it did when you came in, and you’ll feel well enough to go about the rest of your day. And in most cases, your gums will be completely healed in just a couple days!
What’s At Stake
With the availability of such gentle gum recession solutions, there’s no reason to leave the damage alone. The longer the problem is left untreated, the more harm you’re doing to your gums and your smile.
In severe cases of gumline recession, the condition will create pockets, or gaps, between the gums and teeth. Food particles easily get caught in these pockets. This food debris attracts harmful bacteria, which can accelerate gum recession and leave the roots of your teeth vulnerable to decay.
Paying For Your Treatment
Generally speaking, repairing gumline recession with the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is comparable in cost to traditional gum grafting procedures.
At the office of Dr. Perkins, we want your experience with your dental care to be as stress-free as possible. That’s why we accept cash, check, and major credit cards. We also work with CareCredit, a service that provides no-interest and low-interest financing for dental care to qualifying parties. We also offer an in-office membership, which will give you discounts for certain dental services.
If you have any questions regarding the cost of your treatment, just give us a call. Our friendly administrative team would be happy to help!
Beautiful Gums, Beautiful Smile
Your gums are the foundation of your smile, so it’s important to take care of them! In addition to offering the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, Dr. Perkins and her team can provide treatments that both prevent and cure gum disease to ensure your smile stays in great condition.