A revolutionary dental technique called the Pinhole Surgical Technique has been gaining popularity for the treatment of gum recession. Gum recession is when the tissues of the gums surrounding teeth would weaken and wear away. If you feel that you have gum recession, consult your dentist and ask where you can undergo a Pinhole surgical treatment.
What are receding gums?
This is what happens when the gum tissue has worn away, exposing the root of the teeth, making them susceptible to infection. The most common causes of receding gums would be brushing too hard while using a hard-bristled toothbrush, poor oral hygiene, and other periodontal diseases. These would all contribute to receding gums.
How does the Pinhole Surgical Technique work?
This surgical treatment aims to correct a receding gum line. A small needle is used to make a tiny hole in the gum of the patient. This “pinhole” is used as an entry point for the specialized Pinhole Surgical Technique tools to gently loosen up the gum tissue. These instruments slide and reposition the gum tissue into a position that would cover the exposed root structure of the tooth, and make the gumline healthy again.
Is the procedure safe?
The procedure is very safe and virtually painless. The surgery does not require any big incisions and sutures and is a very quick solution for patients who are suffering from gum recession.
How soon after the surgery can a person go back to their regular activities?
Since the procedure does not require any heavy anesthetics and does not need to recover from any suturing, the patient can resume their normal activities right after the dentist sends them home. This will usually be the same day as the procedure.
How much does a Pinhole Surgical Technique cost?
This type of surgery would set you back around $4000 to $6000. But the average total cost can rise to up to $8000 to $10000 if the damage is very extensive. This is because more treatment would be needed for gum correction. Dental insurance would cover the expenses if this treatment deemed “medically necessary”. An example of this would be when the root of a tooth would be exposed causing an infection, and the patient would be in severe pain without the surgery.
However, similar to any other case with medical insurance, if the procedure was done for cosmetic purposes, the insurance cannot cover it.
Prevention is better than cure.
The only way to avoid having receding gums is to take care of your mouth. Good oral hygiene will keep your teeth and gums healthy so that you will never require Pinhole Surgical Technique. Visit your dentist as scheduled, to make sure that your mouth is healthy. Gum diseases can happen even if think you are doing the correct technique. If you do develop gum recession, your dentist would want to see you more often. Ask your dentist for more ways to prevent gum recession, they will be happy to steer you in the right direction.