Pinhole Surgical Gum Rejuvenation Technique
The Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™), invented and patented by John Chao, D.D.S., is an incision-free, suture-free procedure for treating gum recession. Through a small pinhole made by a needle, our doctors uses specially designed instruments to gently loosen the gum tissue and glide it over the receded part of the tooth. Since there is no incision or suturing, patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms (pain, swelling and bleeding). Most patients also are pleasantly surprised by the instant cosmetic improvement.
Pinhole gum rejuvenation offers a number of substantial advantages over gum grafting surgery. The procedure involves no incisions or suturing, so major trauma is not inflicted on any part of the mouth. Pinhole gum rejuvenation is a quick form of treatment that produces little or no discomfort or bleeding. The results are immediately noticeable and there is no period of recovery needed. In addition, numerous teeth can receive treatment in one visit.
The Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Procedure
The pinhole gum rejuvenation procedure begins with a cleaning and preparation of the teeth to be treated as well as the administration of a local anesthetic in the gums at the treatment site. Dr. Orth then creates a tiny pinhole opening in the gum just above the affected teeth. If the area requiring treatment involves many teeth, a second pinhole opening may be necessary.
Dr. Orth uses a specialized dental tool to enter the gum and gently manipulate the tissues in the area. This prepares them for repositioning into a healthier placement in which they are covering more of the teeth. Very small strips of collagen are inserted into the gum tissue to help the gums maintain the correct position and to stimulate the production of more collagen.
The entire pinhole gum rejuvenation procedure generally lasts between 20 minutes and one hour. The length of time will vary depending on how many teeth require rejuvenation treatment.
Recovery From Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation
There is no downtime associated with pinhole gum rejuvenation, and patients can typically resume their normal daily activities right away. By the day after the procedure, the pinhole entry point is no longer visible. There may be some minor swelling in the treatment area for several days, but that generally resolves on its own.
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