In the medical field, the complexities of many surgeries were greatly reduced when laparoscopic surgery became widespread. It has less risk, less pain, and even less recovery time. Recently, something similar happened for the dentistry field. Since Placerville Dental Group keeps up to date with proven dental methods, we now offer the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) for treating gum recession.
Ever heard someone described as ‘getting a little long in the tooth’? That phrase comes from the gum tissue receding as we get older, exposing more of our teeth. If roots become exposed, they become more vulnerable to the acids and bacteria in our mouths – and roots are not as resilient as the tooth itself. Gum recession increases due to gum disease, mouth and tongue piercings, even poor oral hygiene. It often leads to tooth decay and loss. Until recently, the only treatment was tissue grafting.
Tissue grafting involves removing a strip of tissue from the mouth (usually the roof), placing the graft on or under the receded area, stitching the graft in place, and then waiting for it to heal (two to three weeks) before moving to the next area. Up to three teeth are done at a time, then the procedure is repeated – including another healing session. Tissue grafting is delicate, usually painful and awkward for the patient, and typically takes significant time. However, much like laparoscopic surgery, PST reduces these concerns.
PST is well documented and tested, with the results published in the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry. The technique was developed by an experienced dentist, Dr. John Chao. Our own Dr. Barinder Cheema has received special training and certification in this advanced technique for treating gum recession!
The Pinhole Technique requires no cutting or stiches. Using a special tool, your dentist creates a small hole in the gumline (hence the name) and then lifts and expands your gums closer to their original position on your teeth. The elastic nature of gum tissue works very well with this. Biomaterial, such as collagen strips, are packed into the gum tissue to promote healing and hold the tissue in its new position.
The benefits of PST include:
In addition, no recovery time is needed! The pinhole heals on its own, and you can immediately go about your business with an improved smile.
Is PST right for you? Find out today by contacting the Placerville Dental Group for more information.