Gum recession occurs when your gums wear down and pull back toward the base of the tooth, sometimes revealing the roots. When the gum wears away, a gap, or “pocket,” can form between the teeth and the gums, allowing bacteria to enter. If the bacteria is not treated, you are at risk of a serious condition called periodontitis. Periodontitis is now linked to other serious conditions; research indicates that you may be at greater risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and respiratory diseases when bacteria from the mouth enter the bloodstream.
Pinhole Surgical Technique is a relatively new procedure that reverses gum recession without gum grafting. It is minimally invasive, and recovery is fast.
Dr. Rafaat creates a small hole by piercing an area where the gum has receded. Next he inserts a special needle through the hole and moves the gum tissue to a normal position. Then he moves collagen strips through the pinhole under the gums where the roots have been exposed. The collagen supports the tissue, stabilizes it, and covers the root as the gum heals.
Dr. Rafaat examines your teeth, reviews X-rays, and determines whether you are able to benefit from the new procedure. You should have no active periodontal disease or bone loss, and you should be otherwise healthy.
Gum grafts involve surgery. Dentists usually take skin from the roof of your mouth and stitch it to gum tissue around the root of the exposed tooth. Many patients will forgo treatment when they are faced with this type of surgery because it is painful, and the recovery time is slow.
Dr. Rafaat has been trained to perform Pinhole Surgical Technique, a great new alternative available to many patients with gum recession. Patients who have experienced the new technique and dentists who are trained to use it, like its advantages. Among them: