Pinhole Surgical Technique in Boston, MA 

Your gum tissue serves several important roles when it comes to your overall dental health. In addition to framing your teeth and creating a flexible structure that protects your dental roots, gum tissue also prevents bacteria from invading the deeper tissues of your mouth and keeps your teeth in place. Unfortunately, problems such as aggressive brushing, previous injuries, or even genetic predispositions can put people at risk of gum recession.

Pinhole Surgical Technique
Boston Periodontist Dr. Guzman with The Pinhole Technique's Inventor Dr. John Chao

 

Gum Recession : A Serious Threat to your Oral Health

Gum tissue serves several important roles when it comes to your overall dental health. In addition to framing your teeth and creating a flexible structure that protects your dental roots, gum tissue also prevents bacteria from invading the deeper tissues of your mouth and keeps your teeth in place. Unfortunately, problems such as aggressive brushing, previous injuries, or even genetic predispositions can put people at risk of gum recession.

Gum tissue serves several important roles when it comes to your overall dental health. In addition to framing your teeth and creating a flexible structure that protects your dental roots, gum tissue also prevents bacteria from invading the deeper tissues of your mouth and keeps your teeth in place. Unfortunately, problems such as aggressive brushing, previous injuries, or even genetic predispositions can put people at risk of gum recession. When the gums recede, there is less support for the teeth, which could cause them to become loose or fall out altogether. Also, since dental roots aren’t covered with a layer of enamel, recession can make your smile look older or damaged. Fortunately, modern surgical techniques can help to cover exposed roots.

Traditional Periodontal Surgery vs. The Pinhole Surgical Technique

In the old days, the only way to cover exposed dental roots was gum grafting surgery. During this surgery, gum tissue was harvested from other areas in the mouth, and then flaps were cut around the exposed teeth. Next, the graft was sewn into place, and the patient was left to recover for weeks. In addition to creating multiple wound sites, traditional gum surgery tended to create a lot of bleeding, which could be uncomfortable for patients.

The pinhole surgical technique was invented to eliminate these issues, while simultaneously providing great results. During pinhole surgery, a tiny incision about the size of a pinhole is made above the affected tooth or teeth. Next, the dentist uses proprietary tools to gently push down the existing gum tissue to cover the root exposure. Tiny collagen strips are then placed inside of the newly formed incision, holding the tissue in place and encouraging healing.

Benefits of The Pinhole Surgical Technique

The Pinhole Surgical Technique offers patients many advantages including:

Improved Comfort for The Patient

Because pinhole surgery doesn’t require additional incisions, the procedure is far more comfortable for patients. Patients don’t have to worry about taking care of sutures following the procedure, improving results and reducing the chances of infection. Because the incisions are so small, patients also won’t have to live with scarred gum tissue.

Faster Procedure Time

Unlike traditional gum grafting, which typically involved treating one tooth at a time, dentists can treat several teeth at a time during the pinhole surgical technique. In addition to speeding the procedure, fewer incisions are needed, which also improves patient comfort. Most patients achieve full results in one or two pinhole surgical treatments, while traditional gum surgery often required several sessions.

Instant Results

Although some patients experience some bruising and swelling following pinhole surgery, the procedure offers instant results. This means that patients can enjoy the benefits of full gum coverage immediately following the procedure, fending off dental sensitivity.

Recovering From Pinhole Surgery

Because the pinhole surgical technique is minimally invasive, patients only require local anesthetics, much like getting a crown or a filling. Although the results from pinhole surgery are immediate, special care needs to be taken to protect the gum tissue. Patients should refrain from brushing and flossing for 24 hours following the procedure to give the gums the chance to heal. Also, patients should refrain from eating hard or crunchy foods for about a day. Overall, the recovery is very straightforward, and most patients don’t require anything other than a mild over-the-counter pain reliever.

Are You A Candidate for Pinhole Surgery?

If you have gum recession, you are likely a candidate for the pinhole surgical technique. Good candidates are also dedicated to ongoing dental care, such as brushing, flossing, attending dental appointments regularly, and avoiding gum-eroding activities like aggressive brushing. The best way to determine whether or not the pinhole surgical technique is right for you is to make an appointment with the Dental Partners of Boston. During your consultation, the doctors can talk with you about the benefits of pinhole surgery, whether or not it would alleviate your symptoms, and other restorative dentistry techniques could be used to improve your smile.

Procedure Location & Doctors

Sergio A. Guzman

D.M.D., M.S.D.