The Pinhole Surgical Technique™
Gum recession has many triggers, including:
- irregular or abnormal tooth position
- genetics, periodontal disease
- overly aggressive tooth brushing
- gum trauma.
In some cases, the gums have receded so far back that the root of the tooth is bare and unprotected, causing great discomfort for the patient as well as gaps for bacteria to grow and cause disease. Before the creation of The Pinhole Surgical Technique™, the only hope for patients with severe gum recession was an uncomfortable and invasive procedure that involved cutting healthy gum tissue from the patient’s palate and grafting it to the affected area. This sometimes resulted in heavy bleeding, pain and a longer recovery times. Due to the discomfort of the surgery, doctors were only able to treat one to two teeth at a time. In contrast, The Pinhole Surgical Technique™ can be performed on up to 10 teeth during a patient’s lunch hour without an extended recovery time. Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants is excited to be the first periodontists in the Las Vegas valley to offer this innovative procedure to their patients.
How The Pinhole Surgical Technique Works
After the affected teeth have been cleaned and prepared, the area is numbed with a local anesthetic and a small entry point is created above the desired tooth or teeth. Next, a specialized instrument as small as a pin is inserted at the entry point and used to loosen the gum tissue and gently move it down. Once the tissue is in the correct location, a small angled instrument is used to place several collagen strips through the entry point and under the gums. The strips serve the dual purpose of holding the gum tissue in place as well as stimulating the body to produce collagen of its own. The procedure lasts anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes depending on how many teeth are being treated. Since the entry point is so small, it is virtually undetectable the next day and patients can resume their normal activities immediately. According to a study in the October 2012 issue of The International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, patients who underwent The Pinhole Surgical Technique™ experienced success rates comparable to those who had undergone traditional gum grafting procedures. The Pinhole Surgical Technique’s™ creator, Dr. John Chao, describes it as, “no surgery, no sutures, all smiles.”
Our doctors have performed this technique successfully for many of our patients that would have otherwise needed connective tissue grafting. The pain and suturing necessary for traditional gum grafting surgery can be uncomfortable for patients, making the pinhole surgical technique a much more desirable procedure. If you would like to know more about this latest innovation in the treatment of gum recession, contact our office today for your consultation. The pinhole surgical technique for gum recession can be performed at either our Henderson or Las Vegas office.