The Pinhole Surgical Technique™ is a minimally, invasive, scalpel-free method of treating gum or gingival recession. Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gum line. Gum recession may be triggered by periodontal disease, aging, abrasive brushing habits, hormonal changes, and overuse of tobacco, among others. When left untreated, gum recession can escalate into long-term dental health complications.
How it Works
Traditionally, gum recession is treated through gum grafting. Gum grafting involves “borrowing” tissue from one part of the oral cavity, e.g., the root of the mouth, and transplanting or suturing this to the affected part of the gum line.
Gum grafting has various disadvantages, including the fact that it’s surgical and as such invasive. Recovery from gum grafting can be lengthy and painful. What’s more, the tissue from your mouth’s roof may not match your gum tissue, a fact that may compromise the aesthetic aspect of your treatment.
The Pinhole Surgical Technique addresses all these downsides. During the Pinhole Surgical Technique, our dentist uses a small needle to make holes in your gum tissue. Through these holes, our dentist places special instruments which are then used to gently loosen and stretch the gum tissue over the desired areas. As such, the gum tissue expands over the exposed teeth, fixing the problem of gum recession.
Advantages of Pinhole Surgical Technique
The Pinhole Surgical Technique is advantageous in numerous ways, including:
- It can be used for the treatment of multiple locations of gum recession within one sitting. In comparison, gum grafting requires multiple sessions if several teeth are affected by gum recession.
- The Pinhole Surgical Technique has a shorter and less painful healing period compared to gum grafting.
- It’s scalpel free and minimally invasive.
- It helps to prevent tooth loss and other complicated procedures in the future.
- It offers excellent and lasting results.
- It causes less discomfort for the patient during and after treatment.
Who Is a Suitable Candidate for Pinhole Surgical Technique?
Our dentist in Seattle, WA, will carefully evaluate you to determine if you’re a suitable candidate for the Pinhole Surgical Technique. Some of the factors that influence your suitability for the same include whether you have periodontal disease or not. If you have an active bout of gum disease, you’re not a suitable candidate. You also require to have enough healthy gum tissue to qualify for this treatment method. If you’re a non-smoker or are ready to quit smoking, then the Pinhole Surgical Technique may be a good option for you.
Contact Greenlake Dental today and ask us about the Pinhole Surgical Technique.