Soft Tissue Grafting – Pinhole Surgical Technique

What is Soft Tissue Grafting?

Gum recession is one of the most common periodontal problems, with millions of adults dealing with the condition each day. Gum recession can be caused by brushing too hard, using a hard-bristle toothbrush, smoking, or periodontal disease. As the gums begin to recede, the teeth appear longer, and are more susceptible to sensitivity and tooth decay. We offer the pinhole surgical technique for gum recession, which does not require incisions or sutures.

Why is Soft Tissue Grafting needed?

If left untreated, gum recession can eventually lead to problems with dental decay and severe sensitivity. You may find that you aren’t just embarrassed by your smile, but that you can no longer enjoy your favorite foods and beverages because of extreme temperature sensitivity. The pinhole surgical technique requires no incisions or sutures, and is considered a safer alternative to using tissue retrieved from your palate. The procedure can help in reducing the appearance of long, exposed roots, and can eliminate issues with sensitivity.

What makes you a good candidate for the Pinhole Surgical Technique?

The pinhole surgical technique is ideal for most patients with mild to moderate gum recession. Because no incisions or sutures are necessary, there is minimal recovery time, and you can benefit from a healthy, full smile immediately after treatment. Most patients who are interested in the pinhole surgical technique are good candidates for the treatment.

What can be expected during the Pinhole Surgical Technique?

First, you will receive anesthetic to make the procedure more comfortable. Next, a small pinhole is made through the gums. A specialized tool is inserted through this tiny hole, and used to stretch and loosen the soft tissue. The loosened soft tissue is pulled down over the roots of the tooth to cover them without the need for any incisions or sutures. You will find that the procedure is quick, easy, and relatively painless, with minimal recovery time needed.

If you think you may benefit from a soft tissue grafting, and want to learn more about the pinhole surgical technique, call our office today and we will gladly answer any questions you may have.