Everybody would love to have a beautiful smile. But a beautiful smile needs more than white teeth. A great smile also requires the right balance of teeth and gums, among other things. Gum recession disrupts that balance and makes your smile less attractive. The effects don’t stop there, however.
Gums that have receded to the point where the tooth roots are exposed are more than a cosmetic problem. Receded gums can allow bacteria under the gum line where they cause disease that can lead to pain, suffering, tooth loss, and even serious health conditions. Heart disease, lung problems, poor diabetes control, and even various forms of cancer are just a few of the many conditions linked to gum disease.
The traditional approaches to treating receded gums involve surgery – grafting additional gum tissue (your own or a donor’s) to restore the gum line to where it should be. Surgery results in stitches and a relatively long healing period.
However, you don’t have to go through all that! At Uptown Dental Associates in Albuquerque, NM, Dr. Ryan Shepherd can restore your gum line painlessly with the revolutionary Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique! He is the only dentist in all of New Mexico who’s certified to perform this groundbreaking gum recession treatment.
Benefits of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique
Unlike the surgical approach, there’s no scalpel involved. Dr. Shepherd will first ensure that the area is thoroughly numb and then make a small pinhole above the affected area. Using a custom tool inserted through that pinhole, he’ll gently lift and reposition your gum to restore your gum line.
Depending on the extent of the work to be done, your procedure may be done in a single session! That’s why it’s often referred to as “the lunchtime gum lift.”
The healing period is usually minimal and most people experience little to no pain as quickly as the next day. And the results are lasting – there are numerous patients whose gum lines remain firmly in place even after 9 years, and Dr. Chao himself reports even longer successes.
Is the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique Right For You?
Your journey to a healthy gumline and an attractive smile begins with an appointment with Dr. Ryan Shepherd at Uptown Dental Associates. He’ll perform a thorough examination and discuss your treatment options. Feel free to ask questions about any aspect of your treatment experience, including any concerns about pain (we’ve got you covered), dental sedation for anxiety, or the many payment options we accept.
Once the decision has been made, Dr. Shepherd will carefully plan your treatment to ensure the best possible results.
Don’t live with exposed tooth roots that put your teeth and your health at risk! With no scalpel, no sutures, minimal healing time, and virtually no pain, you can have a healthy gum line and a more attractive smile!
Call Uptown Dental Associates in Albuquerque, NM today at 505-933-7735 to schedule a Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique consultation with Dr. Ryan Shepherd, New Mexico’s only certified provider. You can also use our online form.