Have you been struggling with gum recession for a while now, because you were too scared of the traditional gum grafting method? Have you been ignoring your gum health for a while, thinking that maybe will heal on its own? Have you tried to cover the roots with fillings but you still dislike your smile, and you try to hide it when in public?
You don’t have to suffer anymore!
We have good news for you! There is a solution for your receding gums that involves NO scalp, NO suture and NO Gum Grafting.
If after reading this article you decide that you still would like to try the Traditional Gum Recession Treatment using Gum Grafting, we want to let you know that our DDS Dr Violet Newman can easily proceed with any of the 2 options you have.
But if you are in the situation that you have no idea if you suffer from gum disease, and you may not even care about it. However, you do notice when you brush your teeth that your gums are bleeding or your bad breath is still present even after you brushed your teeth. You need to continue to read this article because the bleeding gums and bad breath are one of the best indicators that you may suffer from gum disease. How severe it is and how risky it is for you? We can not tell in this article; you need to book an appointment with Dr Violet Newman or with our hygienist to find out all the details of your current situation.
Let’s understand first what it is gum recession?
We call Gum recession, the situation when your gums will no longer cover the whole length of your teeth roots. The bigger the exposed zone, the most severe is the condition.
What are the leading causes for gum recession?
There can be 3 main causes for gum recession (individual or a combination between them).
- Bad Oral Hygiene Habits ( Not brushing, Brushing too hard, Not flossing )
- The Genetic Predisposition for Gum Recession and Periodontal Disease (inherit from someone in your family)
Why is receding gums a severe disease?
The biggest threat for people with severe gum recession is the risk of bone and teeth loss. Also, another critical risk for their general health consists of the plague that builds up on the exposed roots. This plague is a massive risk for an inflammatory disease like stroke, heart attack, and different type of cancer. Read more about it here.
So if you do not want to lose your teeth, suffer from bone loss and have an increased chance to do a heart attack, stroke or cancer, you need to address this issue shortly. The longer you wait, the worst the consequences.
Who can be affected by gum recession?
In general, seniors are the age group with the highest risk for developing gum recession. But we have seen many cases of young people that people say that they looked healthy, but suffered from gum recession and were at high risk of losing their teeth.
We also noticed that the lack of discipline when it comes to daily oral habits (brushing and flossing), would be one of the leading causes of gum recession and gum disease.
How can you treat your gum recession?
Treating your gum recession is a process and not an overnight solution.
Until fully recovered, it may involve a longer time and some different type of dental procedures plus your diligence and daily discipline to follow all the instructions of the dentist.
The first step is to pay a visit to your dentist and find out what is the current situation. What are the greatest and urgent issues you need to address first? Also, find out if you do suffer from gum recession and if yes how sever it is? Your dentist or hygienist will measure your gum pockets and let you know if there is something important to address now.
The next step is to book an in-depth dental cleaning; this involves removing the plaque from your teeth and your exposed roots (scalping or root planing).
Scaling and root planing involves scraping away tartar and plaques from your teeth and under your gum line. It’s done with either a hand-held scraper or an ultrasonic device that uses vibrations to loosen and remove plaque.
Next Step – Determine your best treatment option
Based on how severe is your gum bleeding and gum inflammation dr Violet Newman may recommend you to go through OraVital Sistem.
After the OraVital test and treatment, Dr Newman will recommend the best treatment for your current situation.
What is OraVital System and how it will help with your gum recession?
OraVital System is a salivary DNA test that will let you know what kind of bacterias are hiding on your mouth, in your dental plaque. After we identify the exact bacterias, if your results show that your levels of the bacterias are higher then normal, you will be recommended to start a 2-4 weeks antibiotic program. This antibiotics are simple to take and will not hurt your stomach. They are rinses and creams that you use 2-3 times a day and help you fight against bad breath ( halitosis ) and gum disease.
Usually, after this treatment, your halitosis and gum bleeding is completely healded if not at least significantly improved.
Based on your current situation Dr Newman will recommend you to place a Composit Filling on your exposed roots, Gum Grafting Surgery or the Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Treatment.
What is the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique for Gum Rejuvenation?
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a way to repair gum shrinkage and recession through a pinhole in the gum without having to cut.
How long does the standard gum grafting procedure take?
The standard procedure requires cutting out a graft (a section) of the gum from the palate and grafting it to where it’s needed. This creates two surgical wounds that patients have to deal with. To delicately cut and remove the graft tissue and attach it with sutures takes about an hour to an hour and a half for just one or two teeth. This requires the patient to recuperate for about two or three weeks. If you have more teeth affected by gum recession, you can imagine this is a long and painful way of solving the problem.
What are the benefits of Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Treatment?
The key benefit of The Pinhole® Surgical Technique for Gum Rejuvenation is that we don’t have to perform any graft. We will go through a small pinhole which is made by a needle, so there’s no scalpel or cutting at all. Then we can literally shift the tissue down with very little trauma to the tissue. Also, there are no open wounds. It’s so minimally invasive; nothing could be more noninvasive in dentistry than this. We know that if you’re not used to seeing things like this, it seems like it’s quite traumatic, but really it’s very, very minimal. There are so much blood supply and collagen in the area that when you see the patient the next day, you can hardly tell if anything was done. The tiny pinhole that’s been made shrinks away by the next day.
After the procedure, the patient will live the dental office with his or her gum line in the right position, with almost no sign of any significant surgical treatment.
Is the Pinhole Gum Surgery just moving the collagen around?
Dr Violet Newman will not be just moving collagen, but the gum tissue which has abundant collagen in it. The collagen strips that she put in are used to stabilize the gum flap. The collagen causes the body to regenerate more collagen tissue, so it serves a dual purpose.
How long will this gum recede treatment last?
The Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Treatment is expected to be permanent, and last as long as any other procedure. Nothing is forever, of course, because there the normal ageing process goes on. However, if everything is healthy and there is no over-brushing, I’ve seen this last years and years.
Does this procedure cure gum disease?
The Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Treatment is not meant to cure gum disease. The Pinhole® Surgical Technique is meant to restore the gum line to normal. Any treatment for gum disease treatment must be done before having this procedure. So, we want to do it in a mouth that is not infected with any kind of inflammatory processes, such as periodontal disease.
This is why we will recommend you first to test and treat your gum disease using OraVital System.
How long have you been doing this?
Dr Violet Newman, from Lakeview Dental Centre in SW Calgary, has been trained and certified by Dr John C. Chao, the inventor of the procedure, to perform this dental surgery procedure since December 2016.
Are there any risks to this technique?
The risks are very minimal, especially compared to other procedures.
How long is the recovery process?
After the Pinhole Gum Treatment procedure, you will have to follow a specific protocol to make sure that your gums will heal in the right position. Also, you will have 4 follow up appointments at 24 hours after the procedure, 1 week, 2 weeks, and 6 weeks after the procedure. This is important because we can make sure that everything is healing right.
Is the Pinhole Gum Surgery Treatment recommended for anyone?
NO! This treatment, the same as any other dental or medical procedure, is not recommended to anyone.
If your teeth are too loose and almost falling out, this procedure will not help you. If your gums are still bleeding and infected with all kinds of pathogens, you need first to address this situation first and treat this infection. If you like to have a long and painful recovery with lots of cuts and sutures, this is not right for you. And if you are not willing to change your oral habits and follow the protocol after the procedure and later on to maintain your oral health with daily brushing and flossing and regular cleanings, do not waste your time on this procedure. Just wait a bit longer, and you will enjoy some excellent dentures.
To find out if this treatment is for you, come for a no-obligation consultation, and we will let you know all your options with their advantages and disadvantages.
Joyce said it was expensive but worth every penny. How expensive is the Pinhole Gum Surgery Treatment?
Pinhole Gum Treatment about the same cost as the standard gum grafting procedures, but without the cutting, pain and downtime. Also, there is no limit to the number of teeth that can be treated with the Pinhole procedure in one treatment session. You can have a whole arch done in one appointment. You decide if this is important for you and if you want to invest in your oral and general health.
Call (403)-242-5900 and book your no-obligation consultation now and find out what is the best solution for your specific situation!