Pinhole® Surgical Technique: A New Treatment For Gum Recession

Living with gum recession can be debilitating, causing excruciating dental sensitivity and undermining the stability of your teeth. While older gum grafting surgeries were effective, they also involved a significant recovery time and several procedures to achieve full coverage, which is why researchers across the globe headed back to the drawing board.

Dr. John Chao, a practicing dentist in California, developed the Pinhole® Surgical Technique in 2006 to solve some of the age-old problems associated with traditional gum grafting surgery. Unlike traditional surgeries, which involve harvesting tissue from another area in the mouth, cutting a flap around the gum recession, and then sewing the graft in place, pinhole surgery simply involves stretching the existing gum tissue to cover the desired area from the inside. This allows for faster healing and immediate aesthetic results: a vast improvement on existing methods for treating gum recession.

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To offer pinhole surgery, or PST, dentists must undergo special training from Dr. Chao, and relatively few have adopted the procedure. That's why Dr. David Scharf is pleased to offer the Pinhole® Surgical Technique to his patients. Dr. Scharf was one of the first Long Island Periodontists to begin offering the procedure.

Some benefits of employing the Pinhole (R) Surgical Technique are that it is a short and minimally invasive procedure, patients experience an easy, fast recovery, and are instantly pleased with their results.

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The Benefits of the Pinhole® Surgical Technique

There is a reason that dentists worldwide flock to Dr. Chao’s training sessions. PST is a truly innovative, remarkable surgical option that completely reinvents the gum grafting procedure and experience. Here are some of the powerful benefits of the Pinhole® Surgical Technique.

Minimally Invasive

Unlike traditional gum grafting surgery, which includes incisions and stitches around the grafted areas and the donor site, PST is minimally invasive, which dramatically improves the patient experience and recovery time. In fact, PST is considered incision free, since patients don’t receive long incisions that require stitches. Also, no stitches means that patients don’t have to return for subsequent appointments to have sutures removed, or worry about disrupting sutures when they eat or drink.

Shorter, Easier Procedure

Because there are no incisions during pinhole surgery, the procedure is much more comfortable for patients. Also, unlike traditional grafting, PST can be used to treat more than one tooth at once, which dramatically speeds up the process. In fact, while traditional gum grafting surgeries can take over 90 minutes and require multiple sessions to complete, the Pinhole® Surgical Technique takes under an hour.

Faster, More Comfortable Recovery

Since pinhole surgery is so non-invasive, the results are immediate and recovery is incredibly fast. Immediately following surgery, your gums will look beautiful, natural, and healthy. Minor swelling and bruising can occur, but most patients report a full recovery within a few days following the procedure. Patients can eat and drink normally following pinhole surgery.

Less Chance of Infection

Tiny pinhole incisions and the absence of large grafts also means that your risks for developing an infection are reduced significantly. Avoiding infections means that you can more easily keep your smile beautiful, comfortable, and healthy.

Natural-Looking Results that Last

One of the best things about the Pinhole® Surgical Technique is that it offers excellent patient results that are visible immediately. The gum tissue is moved down into place to naturally cover exposed teeth, and there are no visible breaks in the gum tissue or scars that can make your gums look bumpy. Instead, your gums will simply look like they were never recessed in the first place.

Instant Protection Against Decay

The Pinhole® Surgical Technique offers immediate, effective protection against tooth decay, which can help patients to avoid problems with periodontal disease. When the gums have receded, plaque and bacteria can invade the gingival tissues and create deep pockets between the teeth and gums, ultimately leading to bone loss, loose teeth, and serious infections. However, pinhole surgery is so fast and so effective that it can help patients to ward off other oral health threats.

Pinhole Surgery Is Effective!

Research has shown pinhole surgery to be incredibly effective, even when compared to traditional gum grafting surgery. In fact, one research study published in the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry found that pinhole surgery was effective in 94% of cases that involved recession in Class I and Class II sites.

Dr. Scharf is proud to provide effective therapies that maximizes your oral health and minimizes post-treatment recovery time.

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The Pinhole Process

During the pinhole surgery, a tiny incision about the size of a pinhole is created above the teeth affected by the recession. Special tools are inserted into the hole and used to gently push the tissue downwards towards the natural gumline. Small collagen strips are then placed inside of the incision to encourage the gum tissue to heal and to keep it in place. There are no additional incisions or grafts, just the existing gum tissue pushed into its original position. PST is an exciting, highly-effective, comfortable treatment for common gum recession woes.

Dr. Scharf Can Help You With Pinhole Surgery

If you have experienced gum recession, make an appointment with Dr. Scharf for a consultation. As a board-certified periodontist, an achievement that only one in three periodontists receive, Dr. David Scharf has the training and experience necessary to correct your gum recession issues. After conducting a careful periodontal examination of your teeth, gums, and underlying supportive structures, Dr. Scharf will talk with you about whether or not you are a candidate for the Pinhole® Surgical Technique.

If you are a candidate for PST, Dr. Scharf will schedule another appointment to complete the procedure. Unlike many other surgeries, patients undergoing PST should be able to drive themselves to and from the procedure and conduct their normal daily activities after the treatment is complete. Upwards of 10-14 teeth can be treated in a single session, but depending on your personal level of gum recession, you may need additional sessions to correct other areas. After your initial consultation, Dr. Scharf can give you a better idea of your personal treatment timeline.

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Dr. Scharf, one of the best periodontists in Long Island, is proud to provide effective, state-of-the-art therapies that maximize your oral health and minimize post-treatment recovery time. If you have any signs of gum recession, or would like to know if you’re a candidate for this revolutionary treatment, please contact us and schedule an appointment today.