Gum recession is a common side effect of gum disease and overzealous brushing. The gums play an important role in protecting our teeth and supporting them. When our gums recede, the roots of our teeth are left vulnerable to bacteria and debris. Gum recession increases our risks of tooth loss as well as decay and infected root canals. Conventional treatments for gum recession called for grafting procedures and sutures. Fortunately, Fairlawn Periodontics offers a suture-free, less invasive alternative to grafting procedures with the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST).
Rejuvenate Damaged Gums
Dr. John Chao, a dentist and researcher developed the Pinhole Surgical Technique. PST was invented as an alternative to gum grafting procedures, which are much more invasive comparatively. Since PST is minimally invasive, there is far less trauma to tissue so that patients can recover quickly and comfortably.
A small, pinhole-sized incision is made into the gingiva and with handheld instruments, our periodontist will gently reposition the gingiva so that the roots of teeth are properly covered. Repositioning the gingiva means that grafting tissue from another area of the mouth is not necessary. There is minimal post-operative downtime since the gums rejuvenate quickly. In addition to the health benefits of PST, patients enjoy an improved aesthetic immediately after treatment.