Pinhole Surgery Vs. Gum Grafting
- Posted on: Mar 15 2018
Having a gummy smile may be something that you were born with but having a receding gum line is something that is due to things like extreme tooth decay, or even gum disease can cause a wealth of issues. Although gum recession may seem more cosmetic and like something that can be left untreated, harmful bacteria can build-up and lead to damaged dental tissue and bone structure which can ultimately cause tooth loss. So, if you have receding gums, how can it be treated?
A Thorough Cleaning and Root Planing
The first step that The American Dental Association recommends to help with receding gums is a thorough dental cleaning and a procedure called root planing. The hope with both of these procedures is that by getting rid of harmful plaque and tartar that has built up along the gum line, the gum disease will go away and that the recession will stop.
The most traditional treatment for receding gums is a surgical procedure called gum grafting. During gum grafting, tissues will be taken from a part of the mouth like the pallet and will then be sutured over your receding gums.
This non-invasive technique is a procedure that we may recommend over traditional gum grafting. During this procedure, Dr. Moskowitz will make a small hole in the gum tissue, and will then loosen healthy gum tissue and move it over the top of the exposed gums. Although this process is fairly simple, it’s popular because it’s effective at restoring the gumline without patients having to undergo extensive surgery.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have started to notice that your gums are receding, schedule an appointment at our Baltimore Periodontics office. During your initial consultation, we will help you determine what treatment option is best for you. Ready to take the leap? Contact our Catonsville office at 410.744.6088.