It is common to have numerous questions about the pinhole surgical technique, especially since most people haven’t heard of this procedure. One of the most popular concerns is how many appointments you will need to have all the affected gums treated, whether only several teeth are impacted or the gum recession extends to your whole mouth.
One Or Two Visits
Most periodontists will suggest that you have them treat all of the recessed gums in just one or two appointments. It is possible to treat generalized recession in smaller sections, but this tends to be more time consuming. It also increases the price for you since you have to schedule multiple appointments, each with their own basic fees.
Luckily, it is possible to treat the entire mouth with the pinhole surgical technique in just one or two visits. You can schedule a longer appointment for about three hours or so if your entire mouth needs the treatment. Depending on the condition of your gums, your periodontist may suggest performing the procedure in two groups, one for the lower teeth and one for the upper ones. But, because the procedure isn’t invasive, your gums are able to handle treatment to the entire mouth in a single sitting.
But I Thought Gum Recession Treatment Was More Time Consuming?
You may be confused about the fact that you can have a single appointment to treat all of your teeth and gums with the pinhole surgical technique, especially if you have only heard of gum grafting. Gum grafting is the traditional treatment method for receding gums and because it is more invasive, it can only be done on several teeth at once. In fact, many periodontists won’t perform that technique on more than two or three teeth at a time, resulting in four or more appointments to treat your entire mouth. The ability to treat a larger area at once is just one of the many benefits of the pinhole surgical technique.
Dr. DeAndrade can let you know exactly how many appointments you will need to complete the pinhole surgery, but you shouldn’t expect to have more than two for the actual procedure. There will, of course, be follow-up appointments to make sure you are healing correctly.