If you experience frequent tooth sensitivity, you may consider this tenderness normal. However, most sensitivity points to an oral health problem, such as gum recession. Fortunately, there is a way to fix this problem in a relatively easy way. This process is called Pinhole Therapy.
Advanced Family Dental Care is one of the few elite AK dental clinics
to offer pinhole therapy for sensitive, exposed, or at-risk teeth.
Gum Recession and Tooth Sensitivity
Gum recession occurs when the gums pull away from the root of your teeth. This common dental issue can occur as the result of gum disease, certain hormonal changes, age, or incorrect brushing.
Whatever the cause of your gum recession, you will likely need treatment to alleviate the side effects of tooth root exposure. Often, patients experience higher rates of tooth decay on the exposed teeth as well as sensitivity to extreme temperatures and sugar. Gum recession can also disqualify you from certain procedures, such as traditional braces.
Pinhole Therapy Versus Traditional Grafts
Most dentists address gum recession through gingival grafts. During this process, the dentist removes tissue from the roof of the mouth and grafts the tissue into the gumline. At Advanced Family Dental Care, we use cutting edge pinhole therapy to restore your gum tissue. Pinhole therapy bears more similarity to laparoscopic surgery than grafts. The procedure involves loosening and repositioning gum tissue through a small needle hole. Once the tissue is in place, your dentist injects a small amount of collagen to help the gum tissue hold its shape.
Pinhole therapy has the following advantages over traditional grafts:
- Faster healing time due to reduced soft tissue trauma and a single incision site
- Lower cost
- Low-risk and minimally invasive
- Short procedure time, sometimes as short as one hour
Think pinhole therapy might help you wear a brighter smile? Contact our Anchorage, AK location today to schedule an assessment. We can provide expert diagnosis and treatment to address your gum recession concerns.