It is estimated that more than half of American adults experience some degree of gum recession as a result of poor oral health, lifestyle habits, aging or even genetics. In some cases, receding gums can detrimentally affect not only your tooth health but your appearance- in all cases gum recession can lead to exposed tooth roots and other complex dental concerns if not treated.
Treatment for gum recession has traditionally required oral surgery for the most effective and lasting result, but a new technique developed by Dr. John Chao offers great results without surgery. Atlanta dentist Dr. Brenda Paulen has recently received training in the The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) and offers this revolutionary new treatment option to patients with receding gums. Using a specially designed instrument, Dr. Paulen can gently reposition gum tissue to cover over-exposed tooth structure or tooth roots and provide a more aesthetic smile.
The procedure, known as the “Lunchtime Gum Lift“, is completed during a single visit to our Sandy Springs dentist office using a local anesthetic for comfort. In about one hour, you can resume your daily routine with no stitches, minimal to no discomfort and lasting results.
Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation: What To Expect
Dr. Paulen will evaluate your oral health prior to your treatment, making sure that any existing gum disease is addressed first for optimal results. After numbing the area to be treated, Dr. Paulen will make a “pinhole” opening above the gum line for the insertion of a special tool that is used to gently massage and reposition existing gum tissue downward to cover the desired amount of tooth structure for improving oral health and enhancing the appearance of your smile.
Dr. Chao and trained dental practitioners like Dr. Paulen have been performing the “Lunchtime Gum Lift” with successful results for over 10 years, with no adverse effects or recovery problems. Considered a permanent treatment, the Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation procedure also involves the placement of collagen strips beneath the surface of the treated gum tissue. These serve to augment the body’s natural production of collagen for a more stable and lasting result.
Schedule An Appointment
To learn more about how the Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation procedure can restore your natural looking gum line and enhance the aesthetics of your smile, schedule a consultation with Dr. Paulen at Proudsmiles in Sandy Springs. We welcome new patients and work with those suffering with poor oral health as a result of dental anxiety. Dr. Paulen can help you to get back a beautiful, functional smile that will improve your quality of life.