Pinhole Gum SurgeryAn Overview
The Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) makes it possible for periodontist Dr. Robert Cain to reshape your gum line without the need to cut, scrap or stitch. This new method of treating receding gums makes it easier for a dentist to give you natural looking results in a short amount of time. Dr. Cain is one of the only periodontists in the Knoxville area who is a certified provider of The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST), invented and patented by John Chao, D.D.S. Dr. Cain uses this noninvasive method to effectively treat receding gums with minimal discomfort and downtime. This effective method for restoring the gum line will help you maintain your beautiful smile after gum disease or other oral health issues that caused your gum recession.
Receding Gums an Oral Health Concern
Your gums play a critical role in creating a barrier from infection entering your body. This is why it is very important to take care of your gums so that do not begin to recede. Gum recession is when your gum tissue begins to die off and this will cause your gum line to recede higher and higher up the tooth. Receding gums are both a cosmetic and oral health concern. Patients with receding gums often have or had periodontal disease. Dr. Cain offers gum disease treatments to eradicate dead tissue, and repair a receding gum line.
Gums that have receded can create an unbalanced aesthetic. Patients may feel self-conscious or embarrassed by their smiles. The tooth will appear longer and the space between the teeth will increase. This can begin to affect a patient’s quality of life.
Advanced gum recession may also leave the tooth root exposed which may cause extreme tooth sensitivity to hot and cold and pain. Exposed roots can also make a patient more susceptible to gum disease and infection. Exposed roots can make it difficult for patients to enjoy eating or drinking. Most importantly, receding gums can be a symptom of an underlying problem including gum disease. This can increase your risk of tooth decay, tooth loss, bad breath and bleeding gums.