So, for gingival grafting, the traditional surgery for that has, in the past, is very uncomfortable. They actually will take a piece of a tissue out of the roof of your mouth and transplant it over the root where the recession is, and there's a lot of sutures, there's a lot of cutting of the gum, and postoperatively a lot of pain. Patients who've had that don't always want to go back. Unfortunately, you can only treat one to two teeth at a time in most cases. For patients who have recession in a lot of areas, they have to go for several surgeries. A new technique, or it's been around actually for 10 years, but it's more well-known at this point, is called pinhole surgical technique, and we're able to do the same result with only one access point. There's no sutures, there's no cutting, and you're lowering the gum down, and you can treat an entire arch or an entire mouth in one visit. There's really minimal postoperative discomfort, so it's a really great way to treat it.
If you’re ready to restore your receded gumline, ask us about Houston gum grafts. At Houston Uptown Dentists, our team will help you achieve every facet of your smile goals, including an ideal gumline. With our treatment, you can:
- Smile confidently knowing that your gums and teeth look great
- Make better first impressions
- Prevent additional problems such as tooth loss
- Improve your self-esteem
Call us today at 832-463-1021 to schedule an appointment. For your convenience, we open at 7 a.m. five days a week.
Gum Grafting Can Put Your Gums Back in Shape
Gum grafting is a reliable way to replace missing gum tissue, improve your gumline, and protect your tooth roots. We’ll discuss each step of the treatment beforehand so you’ll know what to expect. During your gum graft appointment, Dr. Juarez or Dr. Arnold will:
- Use local anesthetic to numb the area for your comfort
- Take a small amount of tissue from inside your mouth and place it in the affected area along your gumline
- Secure the gum graft
Following a brief healing period, your gumline – and your smile – will look healthier and more attractive.
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique Gives You an Alternative Treatment
If gum grafting is not right for you, your dentist may recommend another form of gum recession treatment, the revolutionary Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. If you decide on this method, we will:
- Numb the affected area
- Gently loosen your gumline through a pin-sized hole
- Carefully guide your gums back over your tooth roots
Know the Common Causes of Gum Recession
If you are experiencing gum disease, we can perform a “deep cleaning” using scaling and root planing to restore your gums to health. However, there are other causes of gum recession, including:
- Tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco
- Genetic factors
- Some illnesses
- Teeth grinding
- A misaligned bite
- Brushing your teeth too hard
If you think you could benefit from Houston gum grafts, call our office today at 832-463-1021 to schedule your appointment.