Have you noticed that your gums are becoming bunched around the base of your teeth? Or that your teeth are more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures? You most likely have gum recession. While there are many causes of receding gums, the consequences are generally the same: a loss of vital gum tissues around teeth and the exposure of sensitive tooth roots. Thankfully, you don’t have to choose invasive gum grafting to fix this condition! Learn more about the innovative Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST™):
What Is the Pinhole Surgical Technique?
Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™) is the minimally invasive alternative to traditional gum grafting. During this procedure, instead of incising the gum tissue, a small “pinhole” is created above the tooth. Next, a special instrument is inserted, and the gum tissues are repositioned back over the tooth. Collagen strips are then placed to help secure the tissues in a healthier and more aesthetic position over each tooth. Finally, the tissues are gently sutured in place to aid in proper healing.
How Patients Benefit from PST
PST helps patients with gum recession enjoy a more comfortable and efficient treatment process. This procedure is much faster than conventional gum grafting, which may require multiple appointments to treat each area of recession. Due to the minimal invasiveness of PST, this procedure can treat all receding gums in a single appointment. Additionally, because this treatment doesn’t require grafts from the soft palate or donor tissue, the risk of infection is greatly reduced, as well as pain, bleeding, and swelling during recovery.
Are You a Candidate?
Most patients are good candidates for PST, but there are limitations to this procedure. If gum recession is primarily a cosmetic concern and not a result of oral infection (such as gum disease), then you’re a great candidate! However, those who smoke or have periodontal disease, or neglect their oral health may not qualify for this treatment.