Receding gums can make anyone look older, often causing tooth sensitivity and may lead to tooth loss. Gum recession can be caused by several factors. These include excessive tooth brushing, gum disease or the normal aging process. Many people are unaware of the condition until their teeth become sensitive to cold temperatures because of root exposure. Others may be concerned by the unsightly appearance of their receding gums.
The standard treatment for receding gums is gum grafting surgery. This sometimes painful and invasive procedure usually involves a section of gum tissue cut out of the palate, then sewn on to the affected area. Because of the pain and recovery time, dentists can usually treat only one or two teeth at a time. For a patient with several recessions, the treatment process could take months or even years.
The Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ takes just a few minutes per tooth and most importantly, multiple teeth may be treated at the same time, allowing patients to have healthy, normal-looking gums with a minimum of inconvenience.
The area of gum recession is numbed with a local anesthetic and then, using the surgical microscope, one or two small entry points about the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen are made in the gum area near the tooth or teeth to be treated.
A small instrument is inserted into the entry point to loosen the gum tissues and move them back into a normal, healthy position. Then tiny collagen strips are placed through the entry point under the gums. The collagen helps to keep the gums in place during the healing process. The treatment takes about 20 minutes to an hour or so, depending on the number of teeth treated. The entry site quickly heals and the pinhole is virtually undetectable the next day, with no downtime needed for healing. Some patients may experience mild swelling, which dissipates in a few days.