Combat Tooth Sensitivity with Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation
Tooth sensitivity is a common dental condition that makes you wince when you consume cold, hot or acidic foods or drinks. It’s a very unpleasant condition that makes your teeth hurt when you bite into your ice cream. Even cold air can make your teeth hurt.
There are several reasons why tooth sensitivity can occur of which cavities or gum disease are the most common causes. But when the roots of your teeth are exposed, you will experience this sensitivity in a much more painful way.
Normally, a layer of enamel protects the crowns of your teeth—the part above the gum line. Under the gum line sits a layer called cementum protects the tooth root. Underneath both the enamel and the cementum is dentin.
When the enamel and cementum protection of your roots is getting worn off, for example in case of receding gums, the dentin is exposed. This dentin layer contains small hollow tubes which allow heat and cold to reach the nerves within your tooth and this is what makes eating ice cream a painful experience. In other words, tooth sensitivity can seriously affect your quality of life.
On an immediate basis to ease the pain, you can use desensitizing toothpaste and brush your teeth more gently. However, the ultimate and lasting solution is to repair your receding gums and the protective layer around the crown of your teeth.
While the traditional treatment for this condition is gum grafting which is often painful, Dr. Gashinsky treats receding gums with a procedure that is virtually painless and certainly less invasive: The Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation. This procedure allows Dr. Gashinsky to gently lift the gum tissue through a small pinhole which he then drapes over the exposed roots. He then places collagen through the pinhole to secure the gums in place. By restoring the gum line to its natural position with a “gum lift”
Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation surgery can be completed in as short as an hour and full recovery takes 24-48 hours. Most patients are even able to go about the rest of their day as if they never had surgery. Teeth sensitivity is gone and your smile looks great again.