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When gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed. This means that tooth decay and other problems can affect the teeth along the gumline and beneath it. Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is important for lasting dental wellness.
How is gum recession treated?
Traditional gum recession treatment involves the use of donor tissue or soft tissue grafts in order to rebuild the gumline. Soft tissue is sutured in place to join with existing gum tissue as it heals. While effective, comparable results with significantly better patient experience is achieved through the Pinhole Surgical Technique™.
What is the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ (PST™)?
The Pinhole Surgical Technique™ is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST™ is incision and suture free.
How is the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ (PST™) performed?
During the procedure, a needle is used to make a small hole in the patient's existing gum tissue. Special instruments are then used to loosen the tissue to expand the gumline and cover the exposed root structure. There are no grafts, no sutures and no incisions needed. The Pinhole Surgical Technique™ simply involves adjustment of the existing tissue.
What are the benefits of the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ (PST™)?
The benefits of the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ include:
How long will this last?
The Pinhole Surgical Technique™ is expected to be permanent and last as long as any other procedure. Nothing is forever, of course, because the normal aging process goes on. However, with good health and no over-brushing, it can last years and years.
Does this procedure cure gum disease? No.
The Pinhole Surgical Technique™ is designed to restore the gumline
not cure gum disease. If gum disease is present, it must be treated before having this procedure.
How much does it cost?
The cost of the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ is comparable to traditional gum grafting procedures, but can be much less expensive as we can treat multiple areas in one session.