Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS and Dr. Teresa Bare are dentists with an office in Asheville, North Carolina. They both have been practicing dentistry for over 20 years. Dr. Willoughby provides a wide variety of dental services, including gum rejuvenation for patients suffering from gum disease.
Dr. Willoughby was born in Wichita, Kansas. Her father, who was also a dentist, moved the family to Asheville when she was 14. She earned her degree in dentistry from the University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. After earning a postgraduate degree in Advanced General Dentistry from Chapel Hill, she opened her own practice. She is a member of several professional organizations including the American Dental Association and the North Carolina Dental Society.
What Kinds of Services Do We Offer?
Our dentistry practice provides a variety of dental services that include the following:
• Dental cleanings
• Teeth whitening
• Dental implants
• Gum disease treatments
• Crowns and veneers
• Gum rejuvenation
What is Gum Rejuvenation?
Gum rejuvenation, also known as the pinhole surgical technique (PST), is a procedure designed to repair receding gums. Unlike conventional methods, it does not involve cutting in the gums or using grafts – both of which can be painful.
In gum rejuvenation, Dr. Willoughby adjusts existing gum tissue so it properly covers the roots of the tooth. We will administer a local anesthetic to keep the patient comfortable. We then use a needle to make a pinhole in the gum and insert special instruments into the hole to loosen the gum and work it over the exposed part of the tooth’s roots. The procedure takes only a few minutes, and the recovery period lasts about a day or two. The effects are generally permanent.
Receding gums are generally caused by gum disease, teeth grinding, and brushing too hard. They can also be caused by the aging process. Fortunately, gum rejuvenation is more convenient than ever before with the pinhole technique.
If you are experiencing gum disease or are concerned with the appearance of receding gums, gum rejuvenation at the office of Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS may be right for you. Contact our office in Asheville today to schedule your first appointment and learn more.