Pinhole Surgical Grafting Technique
Unlike traditional surgical options for treating gum recession, the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) is incision-free and non-invasive. Our doctors have been trained and certified to use PST as part of our ongoing commitment to provide the latest techniques and technologies to our patients.
The term “gum recession” is used to describe a loss of soft tissue along the gumline. The loss of gum tissue is most often caused by periodontal disease, abrasive brushing habits, or aging. When the gumline recedes, the roots of the teeth can become exposed. This can lead to tooth decay below the gumline. PST is a treatment technique that is used to correct gum recession and to help prevent gumline tooth decay.
Conventional treatment for gum recession involves the grafting of new soft tissue onto the patient’s gums. The tissue used for this graft is obtained either from the patient’s own tissues or from a donor. In grafting, the new tissue is sutured in place against the gums, where it bonds with the natural gums during the healing process. This method has long been effective in treating gum recession. However, PST provides comparable results with significantly less discomfort, along with other benefits.
When utilizing PST, our experienced doctor uses a needle to make a tiny hole (or “pinhole”) in the gum tissue. We then use specially designed instruments to gently loosen the gum tissue through that minute hole, expanding the tissue to its proper coverage. PST requires no cutting or sutures at any point in the treatment.