Pinhole Surgical Technique for Treating Gum Recession
Gum recession is a common dental problem in which the tissue surrounding the teeth wears away, exposing more of the tooth or the tooth’s root. When gums recede, disease-causing bacteria can easily enter into gaps created between the teeth and gums. Overtime, this bacterium builds up and can severely damage the teeth. If left untreated, gum recession may ultimately result in tooth loss.
Patients are often unaware of receding gums at first because the process occurs slowly overtime. If your gums are receding, you may notice extra sensitivity in your teeth or even a tooth that looks longer than normal. There are many factors that can cause or contribute to this gum loss process. Common causes are periodontal disease, genes, aggressive brushing, poor dental care, hormonal changes, tobacco products, grinding or misaligned bite.
Traditional gum grafting treatment required cutting tissue from the roof of the mouth to be used in place of receding tissue. Dr. Abelar is now certified in an innovative procedure known as The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST®). Invented and patented by John Chao, D.D.S., this minimally invasive technique is a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure for rejuvenating gum tissue.
The pinhole procedure begins with a small hole in the gum tissue. Using specially designed instruments, the gum tissue is loosened and guided over the receded part of the tooth. Since there is no incision or suturing, patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms (pain, swelling and bleeding). Many patients also are pleasantly surprised by the instant cosmetic improvement.