Frequently Asked Questions
Interested in learning more about Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation? Find the answers you need and discover why this minimally-invasive procedure from Dr. Blodgett is the best way to reverse gum recession.
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What is Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation (PGR)?
PGR is an advanced and minimally-invasive gum recession treatment revolutionizing the way people reverse their gum recession.
This technique uses a small needle to create minimally-invasive access underneath the mucosal tissue above your gums. Through this access, a high-tech instrument is used to gently loosen the gum tissue. From here, your gums are gently pushed down over your exposed root structure.
There’s no painful scalpel or sutures required!
“Ever since my first appointment almost three years ago I’ve been very satisfied and pleased with the care I’ve received at Blodgett Dental Care. Dr. Blodgett, Maggie, Amy and Jai have answered all my detailed questions and concerns in detail with patience and respect. I really appreciate Dr. Blodgett’s holistic approach to dentistry and that he is all about educating his patients about the close relationship of the teeth/gums to the rest of the body.”
– Sherry W.
What is gum recession?
Gum recession is when gum tissue alters its position along the gumline, exposing the roots of your teeth. Gum recession is quite common and often occurs as a result of a periodontal disease like gingivitis, periodontitis, or advanced periodontitis. It can also be the result of the natural aging process, clenching of your jaws, past orthodontic treatment, or even rough and abrasive brushing and flossing habits.
Why is gum recession dangerous?
In a healthy mouth, the gums cover the roots of the teeth. The enamel, which is the very hard and acid-resistant outer surface of the teeth, is designed to be exposed to the oral environment. There are no nerves directly inside the enamel. The “dentin”, however, which is the substance of which your roots are made, is much softer, porous, and more prone to acid erosion. The porosities of the roots are filled with nerves that, when exposed, can be incredibly sensitive! Therefore, when the root structure of your teeth are exposed, you become much more susceptible to tooth decay and erosion along and beneath the gum line. Gum recession can also lead to extreme tooth sensitivity, loose teeth, or even total tooth loss.
What’s the difference between Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation®️ and traditional gum recession treatment?
Traditional gum recession treatments require a tissue graft and multiple surgeries. This means a painful procedure, the hassle of living with stitches in your mouth, and long healing times. Not to mention the end result often looks cosmetically awkward.
The pinhole gum procedure, on the other hand, requires no scalpel or stitches, offers incredibly fast healing, and has minimal discomfort. Additionally, you can obtain amazing results in just one session.
Do all dentists offer Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation®️?
No. PGR requires a dentist to obtain specialized training and gain a license to offer this procedure. Although PGR has been available for more than 5 years, only a select group of dentists have the experience and necessary training to perform the procedure. Some dentists aren’t even aware Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation exists!
Dr. Blodgett is one of very few dentists who have been personally trained in the pinhole Gum Rejuvenation technique by its inventor, Dr. John Chao. He attended the world’s first ever PGR course in August of 2013. He also attended the world’s first ever Advanced Pinhole course in May of 2018. Over the years, he’s helped hundreds of patients in Portland and throughout the Pacific Northwest reverse gum recession through Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation.
Why did my dentist say surgery is the best way to treat my gum recession?
Unfortunately, not every dentist stays up-to-date with the latest scientific advances, techniques, and methods. If your dentist has recommended gum recession surgery, contact us at (503) 285-3620. Our team are happy to offer a second opinion and will help you understand all your options.
What should I expect from the Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation®️ procedure? Will it hurt?
You can expect your treatment to take about 90 minutes. During the procedure, Dr. Blodgett and our compassionate staff will ensure you feel completely comfortable. Remember, there’s no cutting and no stitches required! You may have some swelling and slight discomfort immediately following the treatment. However, most patients need only aspirin or ibuprofen to maintain comfort.
How long is recovery time?
Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation requires very little recovery time. The pinhole-sized entry point will heal within the first 24 hours of treatment and you’ll be able to return to normal life and function. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you recover!
Is Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation®️ covered by insurance?
Depending on your insurance plan, a portion of the treatment may be covered. If you have questions about whether or not treatment is covered by your policy, give us a call. Our team is happy to help you understand your benefits.
“Not only is Dr. Blodgett a superior dentist, he is kind and considerate about our comfort during our visits. His office and staff are welcoming and far surpass the typical dental office experience. I feel fortunate that we have Dr. Kelly Blodgett as our dentist. I highly recommend Blodgett Dental Care.”
– Jandi G.