According to the American Dental Association, gum recession refers to the condition where the gums recede or pull away from your teeth. This is a common gum condition that affects both young and old people. The usual culprit of gum recession is poor oral hygiene. Other causes include:
- Gum disease
- Trauma to the gums
- Brushing too rough
One of the many treatments for gum recession is what is known as The Pinhole Treatment®. This is a relatively new development in periodontics. Earlier, patients who experienced gum recession had to undergo a procedure called grafting. In this procedure, healthy gum tissue from the patient’s palate was cut out, and then grafted into the problem area.
Gum grafting is an effective technique to treat gum recession, no doubt. However, it is invasive and highly uncomfortable. Of course, any dental treatment should be judged on its effectiveness and not the pain it causes. Nevertheless, the Pinhole Treatment had emerged as a marvel of modern dentistry. It is minimally invasive, and is virtually painless.
But that is not all. The treatment time is also shorter for the Pinhole Treatment than gum grafting, and even Alloden for that matter. The downtime is maximum 2 days and you need at most 2 visits to get your gums treated. Grafting, on the other hand, has a downtime of 2 to 3 weeks. Plus, you need multiple visits for the treatment.
This is because grafting can causes a lot of pain and even heavy bleeding. The recovery time is also long. That is why a periodontist can only treat at most 2 teeth in one visit. However, with the Pinhole technique, doctors can treat up to 10 teeth in a single visit. This is great news for those who have dental phobia.
The Pinhole Technique doesn’t cause much pain because only a tiny entry point is made during the procedure. However, the Pinhole Treatment can only be done after gum disease has been treated separately.