Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST)
It is a scalpel-free, suture-free, graft-free, minimally invasive procedure for correcting fum recession and saving teeth. Through a small hole made by a needle, specially designed instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue and glide it over the receded part of the tooth. Since there is no cutting or stitching, patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms (pain, swelling and bleeding) Patients are pleasantly surprised by the instant cosmetic improvement. Most patients are able to resume normal activities within 24-28 hours after treatment.
Why Do Gums Recede?
- Periodontal Diseases. These are gum infections created by bacteria that destroy gum tissue and the supporting bone that holds teeth in place. Gum disease is the main cause of gum recession and loss of teeth. Due to genetics, some people may be more susceptible to gum disease. In fact, studies show that 30% of the population may be pre-disposed to gum disease, regardless of how well they care for their teeth.
- Aggressive tooth bruising. Brushing teeth and gums too hard can cause gum recession.
- Insufficient dental care. Inadequate brushing and flossing make it easy for plaque to turn in to calculus (tartar) – a hard substance that builds on and between teeth. This type of plaque can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning.
- Hormonal changes. Fluctuations in female hormone levels during a woman’s lifetime such as in puberty, pregnancy, and menopause can make gums more sensitive and more vulnerable to gum recession.
- Tobacco products. Tobacco users are more likely to have sticky plaque on their teeth that is difficult to remove and can cause gum recession.
- Grinding and clenching teeth. Clenching or grinding teeth can put too much force on the teeth, causing gums to recede. Clenching during sleep is a common cause of gum recession.
- Crooked teeth or a misaligned bite. When teeth do not come together evenly, excessive force can be placed on the gums and bone, allowing gums to recede.
- Body piercing of the lip or tongue. Jewelry can rub the gums and cause irritation to the point that gum tissue is worn away.
Top 10 Benefits of the Pinhole® procedure:
- Can correct gum recession in as little as 1 treatment session.
- Minimal discomfort and swelling in most cases because the method is scalpel-free, suture-free and graft-free.
- Long term results per the International Journal of Periodontology & Restorative Dentistry. (October 2012)
- The pinholes heal in 24 hours in most cases.
- Only 2 over-the-counter pain pills required after treatment on average per the study in the Int. Journal of Periodontology & Restorative Dentistry. (October 2012)
- Can Prevent tooth loss and the need for other costly procedures such as implants or dentures.
- Treatment session can be completed in as little as 1-2 hours in many cases.
- Can enhance a more youthful and attractive appearance.
- Patients often describe feeling happier due to being able to smile without the shame or guilt associated with ugly receded gums.
- Most patients are back to normal light activities with in 24-48 hours post procedure.
Only a Pinhole® Academy certified dentist like Dr. Babak Behbahani can offer this technique.