Until recently, there have been two methods to correct receding gums – covering the exposed tooth roots with porcelain veneers, and gum tissues grafting. I personally had experience with the root covering, which fell off twice. I’m not a fan of the gum tissue grafts, as the tissue used when you need many teeth grafted would need to come from “another source.” No thank you.
I figured, wait long enough and someone will have a light bulb idea, which has happened. A dentist has developed a simple technique called the “Pinhole technique”.
How it works:
“During the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™, a needle is used to make a small hole in the patient’s existing gum tissue. Through this pinhole, special instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue. These tools help expand and slide the gumline to cover the exposed root structure.”
Per Dr. Chao’s website, he says he has been performing this technique with great success since 2006. There are many before and after photos and videos to watch.
I asked my orthodontist about it, since I do have a pretty extensive amount of gum recession, even more so after my Invisalign treatment. His concern is that when you detach the gum tissue from the tooth and tooth root, there is always the potential for the gum to not reattach, partially reattach or reattach in a different pattern.
As this technique becomes more popular, especially with the shorter amount of time to perform the procedure and much easier post treatment course, there will be more testimonials to hear. I would like to learn first hand how well the gums are reattaching so I won’t end up with flappy gums (to match my upper arms!), or knotty gums which would be unpleasant to see in a mirror or by others when I speak or smile. This would definitely NOT be an improvement!
Well, what are your thoughts?