Pinhole® Surgical Technique — The Gum Grafting Alternative
Have you noticed that one or more of your teeth appear longer than the others, or that your gums seem to be slowly disappearing? You may have gum recession, a condition where the gums pull away from the teeth. Gum recession is widespread among people of all ages, but it also causes concern, as it increases the risk for tooth sensitivity and decay. Though traditional gum grafting is a very common and successful procedure for gum recession, many of our patients cringe at the thought of undergoing treatment with scalpels, incisions, and tissue grafts. The answer to these concerns is the minimally invasive Pinhole Surgical Technique in Venice, FL.
Common Causes of Gum Recession
- Gum disease
- Aggressive tooth brushing
- Crooked or crowded teeth
- Teeth grinding
- Long-term tobacco use
- Gum tissue trauma
- Poor oral health
What Is the Pinhole Surgical Technique?
The Pinhole Surgical Technique is a protocol that can treat gum recession without the need for patient or donor soft tissue grafts. Unlike traditional grafting, the Pinhole Surgical Technique uses the gum tissue already present around the teeth and repositions them back over the roots. This repositioning is accomplished by creating a small “pinhole” in the gum tissue into which an instrument is inserted. The collagen strips placed underneath the gums around the teeth help to keep the gums in their new position and aid in the body’s regeneration of new tissue in the area. The Pinhole Surgical Technique in Venice, FL, minimizes trauma to the gums and drastically reduces bleeding and swelling of the tissue, reducing recovery time to just a few days.