Gingival recession is a common adult problem that can cause sensitivity in the gums, giving the impression of being “long in the tooth.” Receding gums are typically a result of periodontitis, of aggressive brushing, or of bruxism (tooth grinding or clenching)—although it can sometimes be an unavoidable part of the natural aging process. Gum recession will not only cause some patients to feel uncomfortable when flashing a smile, but also it may cause pockets to form in the gums, which can store harmful bacteria and plaque.
Thankfully, gum recession can be treated and even reversed with today’s advanced dental technology. Dr. Neumann is certified in the newest gum restoration procedure known as Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™. It is one of the leading techniques in treating patients with receding gum lines.
Unlike traditional gum grafting procedures, the Chao Pinhole™ surgery does not involve incisions or sutures. Instead, Dr. Neumann uses a special instrument to create a tiny hole in the gums that’s the size of a pin (hence the name). He then repositions the existing gum tissue to cover the exposed enamel, producing the desired result. Instead of stitches, the procedure calls for collagen strips to hold the gums in place during the healing process. These strips promote tissue production as well. The surgery delivers a faster treatment to correct gum levels, with results that are instantly pleasing. As such, the inhole process is much less painful and is more predictable than previously-used procedures using grafts or artificial gum. Almost everyone is eligible for Chao Pinhole™ surgery, and patients will undoubtedly appreciate this minimally-invasive alternative for treating gum recession.
Performing Pinhole™ surgery, while witnessing a patient’s satisfaction from the results, is as rewarding as placing dental implants to restore a person’s normal bite and chewing efficiency. As a dental professional, Dr. Neumann is more than pleased with the results of Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ surgery as a treatment for his patients with gingival recession.
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