Mississippi Periodontics and Implants
Curtis Caskey, DMD
Periodontist located in Ridgeland, MS
If you’re one of the millions of Americans suffering from gum recession, you’ll know that finding an effective and painless treatment can at times feel like a hopeless task. At Mississippi Periodontics and Implants, Curtis Caskey, DMD, helps people living in or around Ridgeland, Mississippi, overcome their gum recession through the cutting-edge Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. Find out whether this treatment is the right one for you. Schedule an appointment online or over the phone today.
Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Q & A
What is pinhole gum rejuvenation?
Pinhole gum rejuvenation refers to a minimally invasive surgery designed to treat gum recession without the need for gum grafting and multiple sutures.
What is gum recession?
Gum recession is a form of gum disease that makes the gum pull back from the surface of the tooth to the point of root exposure.
Gum recession requires immediate treatment, as the longer you leave it untreated, the more tissue you’ll lose.
Some of the most common symptoms of gum recession include:
- Root exposure
- Shrinking gums
- Lingering pain in the gum
- Swelling and redness in the gum
- Tooth instability
- Bleeding while brushing and flossing
When you come in for an appointment at Mississippi Periodontics and Implants, Dr. Caskey evaluates your symptoms to determine whether pinhole gum rejuvenation is the right treatment for you.
How does pinhole gum rejuvenation work?
Pinhole gum rejuvenation is a rapid procedure. It’s often referred to as a lunchtime gum lift. Pinhole gum rejuvenation involves two procedures:
Coronally positioned flaps
Dr. Caskey makes a small incision between the gum tissue and the tooth in question. This incision creates an adjustable flap he can pull vertically and fix into place.
Guided bone regeneration
Dr. Caskey creates a pinhole — a tiny hole — in the receding area and elevates the flap he’s just created. He inserts collagen strips into this new pinhole to stimulate your body’s production of new, healthy gum tissue.
Why should I opt for pinhole gum rejuvenation?
Not only is pinhole gum rejuvenation quick and effective, but it also allows you to bypass at times more dangerous grafting procedures. It’s possible that Dr. Caskey recommends a gum graft rather than a pinhole procedure, but he’ll explain to you his reasoning during your appointment.
Gum grafting can only address one area at a time since you need to allow enough time after each graft for your mouth to heal.
Pinhole gum rejuvenation can address multiple issues in one office visit, so you don’t have to fill up your schedule with dentist appointments. Not only is it time-efficient, but it also requires less recovery time.
Dr. Caskey offers cutting-edge solutions to gum recession when conservative treatment just doesn’t do the trick. If you’re interested in learning more about pinhole gum rejuvenation, contact Mississippi Periodontics and Implants today by phone or online.