When it comes to oral health, the condition of the gums can be key. Proper brushing, flossing and the prevention of gingivitis can support good gum health; however, when individuals suffer from crooked teeth, an underbite or an overbite and choose to get braces, this may cause problems with the gingiva. Dental patients who want…
What Is the Pinhole Surgical Technique?
As a breakthrough periodontal treatment, the pinhole surgical technique, or PST, was invented by John Chao, D.D.S., to make gum recession surgery quicker and easier for both the surgeon and the patient. It has become a popular way to fix gum recession because it is less invasive than older grafting techniques. By committing to an in-depth training program, periodontists can be certified in this technique. With more doctors able to perform this type of noninvasive treatment, anyone who fears painful grafting surgery for their receding gumline no longer needs to worry.
Gingival recession — or more commonly, gum recession — is the exposure of the tooth and/or tooth root due to the process of the gumline being worn away. This can be brought on by periodontal disease (such as periodontitis), heavy brushing, lack of dental care, genes, aging or dental trauma. Bacteria buildup or even the loss of a tooth could be a potential result, and the pinhole surgical technique (PST) is meant to correct the gumline before these conditions occur.
How does PST work?
The pinhole surgical technique (PST) is a type of soft-tissue surgery. What is remarkable is that it is a minimally invasive treatment. There are no graftings, incisions or sutures involved. Instead, a hole is made in the mucosa of the gum. Then, using specialized instruments, the existing gum tissue is loosened and moved coronally to cover the exposed tooth. Collagen strips are finally placed into the pinhole to aid the healing process. This all means that patients can experience less discomfort and a quicker healing process after the procedure.
Many people put off seeking treatment to correct gum recession. Knowledge of the formerly painful processes of traditional grafting techniques has created fear among patients. Grafting involves one or more incisions and sometimes, the use of palatal donor tissue for grafts. Swelling and bleeding can occur at the donor and/or treatment sites. Human and animal donor tissue have also been used. Painful and longer recovery time is required with this type of treatment. Because of this long recovery time, there is a high risk of infection.
On the other hand, PST allows many teeth to be treated during one sitting and without anesthesia. It is, on the whole, a shorter procedure and results in shorter recovery time with less risk of infection.
Get PST treatment
Thanks to the pinhole surgical technique (PST), patients who are afraid to receive surgery for gingival recession can rest assured that the road to treatment and recovery is now easier and less painful than ever. The benefits of PST are now known, and this treatment has become widespread; therefore, it is easy to find a doctor who can treat you with this method.
If you are in need of gum recession correction and prevention, follow the link below to search for a professional in the pinhole surgical technique. This minimally invasive gum recession treatment can be the perfect solution for you.
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