Pinhole Surgery

Treatment For Receding Gums In Winter Springs & Oviedo

Gum recession is a common and undesirable issue, that can occur without warning or notice. Over time, the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth can “pull back,” exposing the roots of teeth. Because “pockets” or gaps form between the teeth and the gum line, harmful bacteria can find an accessible nesting place and cause serious oral disease. If left untreated, the supporting tissue and bone structures can become severely damaged, which could ultimately lead to tooth loss.
It’s important to always check your mouth for possible gum recession, and schedule an appointment with our office as soon as possible. Signs that may indicate the gums are receding is sensitivity of the teeth or teeth that look longer than normal. Often times a ‘notch’ can be felt near the gumline.

What Causes Gum Recession?

There are a variety of different habits or genetic conditions that can cause this oral health issue. Some of the most common causes of gum recession include:

  • Overly aggressive toothbrushing
  • Genetics
  • Aging
  • Misaligned Teeth
  • Bruxism or Grinding of the Teeth
  • Overall Poor Oral Health
  • Trauma to the Gum Tissue Due to an Injury

The earlier gum recession is detected, the faster treatment can begin to prevent further damage.

Introducing Chao Pinhole® Surgery

Dr. Robert Burks is very pleased to offer a revolutionary new treatment for gum recession, called the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. This treatment, which was invented and patented by Dr. John Chao, D.D.S., is a scalpel-free and suture-free procedure for treating gum recession.

How It Works

Traditional treatment for gum recession often involves gum grafting, which can be both time-consuming and uncomfortable. Pinhole Surgery treats receding gums with no scalpels or sutures, and is much more comfortable for the patient. Dr. Burks is a certified Pinhole® Surgical Technique clinician, who has undergone special training to perform this technique right in our Winter Springs office.

Once the target gum area is numbed using a local anesthetic, Dr. Burks will use a special instrument to form a small hole in the gum line. Then, he’ll gently loosen and guide the gums over the recessed portion of the tooth. The results are instantaneous, dramatically improving your smile immediately after the procedure is completed.

Advantages of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique

When compared to other options for treating receding gums, Pinhole Surgery stands alone. The benefits of this procedure include:

  • Less discomfort for the patient, both during and after the procedure.
  • No scalpels, incisions, or suturing! Postoperative symptoms such as pain, swelling and bleeding are virtually non-existent.
  • Beautiful and long-lasting results.

Questions? Contact Us Today! 

If you would like to find out if you’re a good candidate for Pinhole Surgery, please contact us as soon as possible. During your visit with us, Dr. Burks will provide you with a thorough examination to assess the health of your gums. You can also visit our Pinhole Surgery website for more information on on the procedure. We’re proud to provide this innovative new treatment, as well as family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and Invisalign to patients in Winter Springs, Oviedo and surrounding areas.