Pinhole surgery technique helps patients in North Hollywood with gum recession
Receding gums can drastically age a person’s face. They can also leave teeth weak and susceptible to decay, root damage, and eventually tooth loss. The Pinhole Surgery Technique (PST) can correct receding gums without the cutting of traditional gum grafting procedures. Dr. Elzayat of Pacific Implant Group is one of the small group of doctors in the United States who perform this minimally invasive and virtually pain free procedure.
What is Gum Recession?
Gum recession occurs when the tissue begins to pull away from the teeth leaving pockets that can trap food particles and bacteria. Gum tissue protects the root of the tooth from decay. When the gums recede, it can impact oral health, causing sensitivity and decay. Some of the most common causes of gum recession are:
- Periodontal disease
- Harsh brushing
- Smoking or tobacco use
How the Pinhole Surgery Technique works
The Pinhole Surgery Technique can readjust gum tissue without cutting, stitches or extended healing time. In surgical grafts, the doctor will use a donation of the patient’s own soft tissue to rebuild the gum. During the pinhole procedure, a small needle is used to make a tiny hole in the receding tissue. A special tool is then used to gently loosen and lift the tissue into a higher position, covering the exposed area of tooth root. When the tissue is properly positioned, collagen strips are used to promote healing. This process is repeated until the entire area of receding tissue is back in proper position.
Recovery time from Pinhole Surgery is usually very fast, often overnight. Patients typically report minimal discomfort because there were no incisions or sutures.
If you are interested in learning more about the Pinhole Surgery Technique, contact the team at Pacific Implant Dentistry today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Elzayat.