Your gums are meant to form a tight seal around your teeth to block out bacteria and provide natural aesthetics when you smile. Unfortunately, gums can recede for many reasons and cause everything from tooth sensitivity to loose teeth. Don’t ignore the signs of gum recession and instead get treatment with the Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST™)!
Causes of Gum Recession
- Gum disease
- Aggressive tooth brushing
- Smoking and tobacco use
- Genetics and age
- Hormonal changes
Comparing PST and Gum Grafting
Gum grafting is the traditional way dentists treated gum recession. Though time-tested and effective, many patients find the treatment process to be invasive and uncomfortable, with a lengthy recovery period. The procedure also sometimes involves using the patient’s tissue as the graft, resulting in two separate surgical sites that require healing.
Alternatively, the Pinhole Surgical Technique takes a minimally invasive approach that doesn’t require scalpels or incisions. PST instead uses a special device that makes tiny “pinholes” in the tissue above the teeth. Then, the tissue is gently manipulated back over the exposed tooth roots. Collagen strips are then placed to ensure the gums stay positioned during healing. Because there is no need for patient or donor tissues, multiple quadrants of your mouth can be treated during one efficient appointment.
Benefiting from Pinhole Surgical Technique
- No scalpels, incisions, or sutures
- Completed in one procedure
- No post-operative downtime
- Comfortable and efficient
- Immediate and lasting results
Preventing Gum Recession
The best way to prevent gum recession from occurring again is to take great care of your oral and overall health. Brush properly so you don’t harm your gum tissues. Minimize or quit smoking to keep your gums from being damaged. Eat a well-balanced diet that doesn’t include many sugars and carbs to minimize bacteria in your mouth. Always maintain your routine appointments with our dentist!
Schedule Your Consultation
Are your receding gums causing discomfort or embarrassment? Schedule a consultation with our doctors, Dr. Andrew J. Weber, Dr. Kent Hamilton, and Dr. John Kum, in our office in San Antonio, TX, for the minimally invasive Pinhole Surgical Technique today!