Pinhole Surgical Technique
What is Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST)?
The Pinhole Surgical Technique is a breakthrough alternative to gum graft surgery that reverses gum recession using a minimally invasive approach. Please take a look at the video above to see how PST is performed and also how it differs from traditional gum grafts.
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PST & Whitening
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Frequently Asked Questions:
What is gum recession?
Gum recession (also known as “gingival 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.
What causes Gum Recession?
Is gum recession only a cosmetic issue?
When gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed. This means that tooth decay and other problems can affect the teeth along the gumline and beneath it. Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, treating gingival recession is important for lasting dental wellness.
What is the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™)?
The Pinhole Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive gum recession treatment. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST™ is incision and suture free.
All of the tools and techniques used to perform the Pinhole Surgical Technique were created by Dr. John Chao. Our office is certified to provide this procedure for our patients.
How does the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™) differ from traditional gum grafting?
Traditional gum recession treatments involve the use of donor tissue or soft tissue grafts in order to rebuild the gumline. This soft tissue would be sutured in place and would join with existing gum tissue as it healed.
While this traditional grafting treatment is effective, comparable results with better patient experience can be achieved through the Pinhole Surgical Technique™.
How is Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™) performed?
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 Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™)?
The benefits of the Pinhole Surgical Technique are many:
- Less discomfort for the patient after treatment
- Faster recovery for the patient than traditional grafting
- No need for uncomfortable sutures
- No need for scalpels or invasive surgical tools
- No need to take donor tissue from the patient’s palate
- Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results
What is the cost of PST, Gum Recession Treatment?
The cost for the Pinhole Surgical Technique varies for each individual. Treatment cost is based on a number of things including:
- Severity of gingival recession
- Number of teeth that have receding gums
- Difficulty of individual case