I’m wondering if I should seek treatment from a different periodontist. I’m a mother of six-year-old and three-year-old twins. I am dealing with gum recession. I’d heard about the pinhole gum technique. I really liked the idea of not needing sutures and such. Plus, the quicker healing time seemed ideal for my situation. I’m always so busy and the kids need my constant attention, so the sooner I’m back on my feet the better. But, obviously, I can’t just leave recessed gums. My periodontist said it’s not reliable enough and I should do the traditional procedure. Would you agree with that or should I look for a different caregiver?
You are certainly an extraordinarily busy woman. I can understand you wanting to have a procedure that saves you as much time as possible. It’s also commendable that you’re working so hard to keep up with your oral health, even while being mother to two sets of young twins.
The relationship between doctor and patient is an important and complicated one. I recently had a talk with my doctor about a specialist I didn’t trust and why. He replied, “The only thing worse than no doctor is a bad doctor.”
I’m not saying your periodontist is a bad dentist. However, there is no evidence that the pinhole gum surgery doesn’t last. My guess is that he said that because he doesn’t have training in that particular procedure and is only familiar with the traditional gum surgery. My feeling is honesty is always best. What you got was prevarication. The biggest issue the pinhole surgical technique is it’s a fairly new procedure so there isn’t any long-term documentation on it.
Benefits to the Pinhole Surgical Technique
As you mentioned, there is a shorter healing period. That’s because there are no incisions, no sutures, and no need for donor tissue.
In your place, I’d look for a dentist certified in the procedure then check their reviews to make sure they’ve given patients a good experience. If so, you can visit to see if you’re a good candidate. It really is a good procedure, even if it is new.
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