Has your dentist told you your gums are receding or have you noticed this yourself? Some people start to look a bit “long in the tooth” when gums recede. Not a good look, just like when anything recedes including hairlines. But more importantly gum recession can lead to sensitivity to cold, root decay and even losing the tooth! And the bummer is that once the gum has receded it will never grow back.
Traditionally to fix this issue is to cut gum tissue from your palette and stitch it over the root. If you know anyone who has had a gum graft or if you have had one before, gum grafts are not a pleasant experience and can be downright painful. Here we are in 2016 and until recently, this archaic procedure has not for improved for decades…until Dr. John Chao invented the Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation and had it FDA approved 4 years ago.
Instead of incisions and sutures, PGR (Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation) repairs the gums without incisions or sutures and is virtually painless! I was the first dentist in Northern California to be trained in PGR 4 years ago. Since then, we have done this procedures on many patients as everyone insisted on performing this procedure versus having to have a painful gum graft.
Although you have to be a good candidate for PGR, if you are, the results are nothing close to amazing. All it takes is some local anesthetic, then a small entry point (the size of a head of pen) is created above the recessed area, the gums are loosened, the gums are then lifted to its normal position retained and then retained with collagen strips. More and more dentists and periodontists are seeing the light and getting trained to perform PGR. So if you have gum recession, Book your consultation for pinhole surgery to see if you are a good candidate. It beats being in pain for weeks, you will feel tip top the very next if not the same evening of the procedure.