Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gum line. This can occur as a result of periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, advanced periodontitis), the natural aging process, or abrasive habits when it comes to brushing the teeth. If you are concerned about your gums receding, we can refresh your gumline without gum grafting.
Our periodontists, Dr. Gandhi and Dr. Harvey, treat gum recession with a non-surgical, and minimally invasive treatment called Pinhole Surgical Technique in Garland, TX. This procedure can be completed in as little as one hour, under local anesthetic.
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Pinhole Surgical Technique - Garland, TX
The Pinhole Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST is the no cut, no sew, no need for grafts, pain free technique.
Why should gum recession be taken seriously?
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 does the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) differ from traditional gum grafting?
Traditional gum recession treatments involve the use of donor tissue or soft tissue grafts in order to rebuild the gumline. This soft tissue would be sutured in place and would join with existing gum tissue as it healed. While this traditional grafting treatment is effective, comparable results with better patient experience can be achieved through the Pinhole Surgical Technique. Compared to traditional gum recession treatment, the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is much less invasive, and offers a shorter recovery time, allowing you to get back to your normal routine without much if any down time.
How is the Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) performed?
During the Pinhole Surgical Technique, a needle is used to make a small hole in the patient’s existing gum tissue. Through that hole, Dr. Gandhi and Dr. Harvey will gently and carefully use specialized instruments to move the gums and connective tissues into a more natural placement. The end result will be an an immediate and beautiful change in the look of your gums without cutting or stitches. These tools help expand and slide the gumline to cover the exposed root structure. There are no grafts, no sutures, and no incisions needed with the Pinhole Surgical Technique. It simply involves the adjustment of the existing tissue.
What are the benefits of Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST)?
The benefits of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique are many:
- Less discomfort for the patient after treatment
- Faster recovery for the patient than traditional grafting
- No need for uncomfortable sutures
- No need for scalpels or invasive surgical tools
- No need to take donor tissue from the patient’s palate
- Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results
- More teeth can be treated in one sitting
If you’re interested in learning more about the Pinhole Surgical Technique, contact us today!