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Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation

Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation

What is the Pinhole Surgical Technique?

The Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST is incision and suture-free. All of the tools and techniques used to perform the Pinhole® Surgical Technique. They are created, by Dr. John Chao, who trained our doctor. The Pinhole Surgical Technique is just one of the ways we offer to correct gum recession. In some cases, the extent of damage to the gums requires techniques that require sutures. Even the use of graft tissue prepared from a lab or harvested from the roof of your mouth. Due to the discomfort associated with taking tissue from the roof of your mouth. Dr. Zeitlin prefers to treat gum disease at the earliest stage possible so as to avoid unnecessary discomfort and get excellent outcomes without needing multiple surgeries.

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 and damaging chewing forces. When the teeth are in bad alignment and don’t contact properly while chewing.

When gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed. The root anatomy itself can be more difficult to clean as the gums recede resulting in the need for additional tools. Such as a Waterpik TM device just to get into the nooks and crannies of the exposed roots (technically known as the concavities and bifurcations of the roots). They are normally covered and protected by gums in their healthy and non-receded state. The difficulty in cleaning exposed roots is why people with gum recession are much more likely to experience gum disease and root decay. This leads to more than 200% of the occurrence of tooth loss!

Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth and keeping your teeth and chewing and smiling with confidence for as long as you live getting gum recession treated is important for lasting dental wellness.

Early treatment

Early treatment of gum recession used to never occur in the old school days of gum surgery. Because of the discomfort associated with harvesting tissue to graft from the roof of the patient’s mouth. But with the advancement of technologies in creating lab fabricated grafting tissues and modern techniques such as PST and the Tunnel technique. Allow us to treat gum recession before it gets advanced with minimal discomfort and excellent results.

However, if you wait too long and the gum recession gets too advanced, even the best techniques may require multiple surgeries. To correct the recession and in the most severe cases, it may still be advised that you use your tissue to graft the area.

Pinhole Surgical Technique Treatment

Dr. Zeitlin will be sure to discuss all of your options when you come in for your consultation. He then examines your condition. We will discuss with you what to expect as far as how to manage any discomfort. As well what diet modifications may be needed during the recovery period. After surgery and how long that recovery period is expected to be based on your condition.

Our doctor will also discuss what can be done to avoid further gum recession. This includes proper gentle brushing techniques and correction of any damaging chewing forces from teeth that are not aligned and contacting properly.

Dr. Zeitlin uses the concentrated healing cells from your own blood (PRF/PRP) infused in the graft site. Along with wholistic products such as Stella Life and DentaMedica to ensure a better, faster, less painful recovery for our patients. Allowing the patient to maximize their own body’s ability to heal. Using these techniques many of our patients have reported that they have not needed narcotic medication after surgery and have been comfortable with typical OTC pain medications.

Thanks to Pinhole, Tunnel technique, and the many other advanced surgical management techniques available for your care at AFC Dentistry. Treating gum recession has become a far more comfortable process with a greater likelihood of successful clinical outcomes. Call our office today to schedule your consultation and see if PST is right for you.

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