For patients dealing with gingival recession, or receding gums, pinhole gum surgery is a minimally invasive treatment option that is often effective at moving gums back down to the original, proper position. Some patients avoid treatment for gingival recession due to fear of the pain of soft-tissue grafting. However, untreated gum recession leaves teeth roots…
What is the Pinhole Surgical Technique?
For some patients who are suffering from the recession of their gums, also called gingival recession, the process of repairing the issue can be eased with the pinhole surgical technique. Some have been referred to a periodontist, sometimes more than once, and gone to the consultation for the periodontist to examine and make a plan for the next steps.
For gum recession, the typical procedure to fix the issue is called gum grafting. This is the process of having tissue from another area of the mouth removed and placed where the gums have been receding. Although it is a successful treatment, the discomfort that is typically experienced can deter many people from following through on having the procedure done.
Even though they have the possibility of other much more significant issues occur, including tooth loss, the recounts of others experiences can continue to deter them. Thus, the Pinhole Surgical Technique offers a wonderful alternative.
What is the Pinhole Surgical Technique?
The Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) is a minimally invasive procedure and technique that has been developed in recent years. The method and procedure are used to reverse gum recession without the extensive procedure that gum grafting requires. This is a breath of fresh air to people who need to have their gum recession dealt with but may be fearful of the possible discomfort that gum grafting can cause.
How is the Pinhole Surgical Technique different?
This is a fantastic procedure that takes different aspects and practices from other traditional periodontal techniques and combines them to give patients the option of regaining healthy gums through a minimally invasive procedure. For anyone who has been putting off having their gum recession taken care of, this could be the perfect option for them.
How does the Pinhole Surgical Technique work?
- First, the teeth that are being affected by the gum recession will be thoroughly cleaned. This will help ensure there are no bacteria that could enter the gums during the procedure
- After the teeth are cleaned, the gums that are going to be treated will be numbed using local anesthesia. This is nothing out of the ordinary and is done before having a filling or other ordinary dental procedures
- Third, a tiny entry point is made in the gums (one-tenth of an inch) directly above the tooth that is going to be treated
- A special tool for PST is used, and the gums will be lowered slightly to move them back into correct placement on the teeth
- Lastly, a collagen strip or gum graft material is passed through the hole and is placed underneath the gums. Sometimes, tiny sutures are used to ensure the gums are stabilized for the healing period
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