What is Gum Recession?
Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gumline. This can occur as a result of periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, advanced periodontitis), the natural aging process, or abrasive habits when it comes to brushing the teeth. If you’re an American aged 30 or over, there’s a one in two chance that you have gum recession. When you reach 65 years or older, your risk goes up to 70%. The problems associated with gum recession range from mild to severe and can include:
- Cosmetic concerns: Visible tooth root that is darker than the rest of your tooth.
- Sensitivity to sweet, hot, or cold food and beverage.
- Continued recession, severe inflammation, bone loss, and possible tooth loss.
- Root and tooth decay.
While symptoms may start out mild, with sensitivity in one or two teeth and some apparent discoloration, your teeth become increasingly vulnerable to decay and if left untreated may eventually require extraction.
What is the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST)?
The Pinhole Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST is incision and suture free. During the Pinhole Surgical Technique, a needle is used to make a small hole in the patient’s existing gum tissue. Through this pinhole, special instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue. These tools help expand and slide the gumline to cover the exposed root structure.
There are no grafts, no sutures, and no incisions needed with the Pinhole Surgical Technique. It simply involves the adjustment of the existing tissue.
What are the benefits of the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST)?
The benefits of the Pinhole Surgical Technique are many:
- Less discomfort during and after the procedure
- Healing within a few days of surgery
- No need for uncomfortable sutures
- No need for scalpels or invasive surgical tools
- No need to take donor tissue from the patient's palate or the use of cadaver skin
- Excellent, natural-looking, beautiful and healthy long-lasting results
- Correction of multiple teeth in one appointment
Dr. Rebecca Steinbach is a certified Pinhole Surgical Technique practitioner.