Dealing with gum recession can be a real headache. As our gums pull away from our teeth, it affects both our smile and oral health. Luckily, there’s an approach called the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™) that offers a less invasive way to tackle this problem. 

Here, we’ll take a closer look at how PST™ works and why it’s a game-changer for treating gum recession. 


Understanding Gum Recession 

Gum recession happens when the gums around our teeth start to pull away, exposing more of the tooth and its roots. This can occur due to various reasons, including aggressive brushing, gum disease, genetics, or even hormonal changes.  

Ignoring gum recession can lead to serious consequences. When the roots of the teeth are exposed, they become more vulnerable to decay and infection. Over time, untreated gum recession can result in tooth loss, gum disease, and even jawbone loss.  

Introduction to Pinhole Surgical Technique™ 

Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™) is a modern approach to treating gum recession that offers a minimally invasive alternative to traditional surgery. Unlike conventional gum grafting procedures, which involve cutting and stitching, PST™ uses a tiny pinhole to access the gums and reposition them without the need for incisions or sutures.  

Step-by-Step Procedure of Pinhole Surgical Technique 

  • Pre-operative Assessment: Before starting, the periodontist evaluates the extent of gum recession and develops a treatment plan. X-rays and photos may be taken, and patients receive instructions on preparation. 
  • Anesthesia Administration: Local anesthesia is administered to numb the area, ensuring patient comfort. Sedation options are available for anxious patients to help them relax during the procedure. 
  • Pinhole Creation and Instrumentation: A small pinhole is made in the gum near the affected area, providing access without the need for incisions. Your periodontist then uses specialized instruments to reposition the gum tissue gently.
  • Tissue Repositioning and Collagen Stabilization: Once repositioned, the gum tissue is stabilized to promote healing. Techniques may include massaging the gums and applying collagen strips or membranes for added support. 
  • Completion of Procedure and Post-operative Care: The pinhole incision heals without sutures, and patients are given post-operative care instructions. These instructions include guidelines for oral hygiene, dietary restrictions, and follow-up appointments. 

Mechanism of Action 

How PST™ Addresses Gum Recession 

PST™ works by repositioning the existing gum tissue over the receded areas of the teeth. The periodontist gently lifts and moves the gums to cover the exposed roots through the small pinhole created during the procedure. This technique restores the natural gumline and protects the teeth from further recession. 

Role of Collagen Stabilization 

Collagen is a protein found naturally in the body that helps to support and strengthen the connective tissues in the gums. By stabilizing the repositioned tissue with collagen, the periodontist can ensure the gums remain in their new position and continue to protect the teeth. 

Promotion of Natural Healing Processes 

One of the advantages of PST™ is its ability to promote natural healing processes within the body. By avoiding incisions or grafts, PST™ minimizes trauma to the gums and allows for faster healing. Additionally, the repositioned tissue stimulates the body’s natural regenerative processes, leading to improved gum health and a stronger attachment to the teeth.  


Need More Info About the Pinhole Surgical Technique? 

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Richard Newhart, a leading periodontist specializing in gum disease treatment. With his expertise and the advanced Pinhole Surgical Technique™, you can achieve lasting gum health. Contact us! 

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