Pinhole Surgical Technique

What is pinhole surgery?

In pinhole surgery, a tiny needle is used to treat gum recession. Pinhole surgery is a noninvasive way to treat gum recession when a deep cleaning doesn’t take care of the issue. While gum grafting uses donor tissue to treat gum recession, pinhole surgery uses the existing gum material to treat gum disease and protect your teeth. Pinhole surgery remains a minimally invasive way to treat gum recession.

Why is pinhole surgery used?

A deep cleaning may treat mild gum recession. If the roots of teeth get exposed due to gum recession, more extensive treatment is needed to prevent tooth decay, sensitivity, infection, and the loss of the tooth. Pinhole surgery is a very useful restoration process to treat gum recession and to avoid pain and tooth loss.

What is the pinhole surgery process?

When using this latest dental technique, a dentist makes a small hole in the patient’s gum with a needle. The gum tissue is loosened by using specialized instruments through the pinhole. These instruments help to slide and expand the gum line to cover any exposed root. The process involves no cutting or stitching. Only slight, minimal swelling, bleeding, or discomfort is experienced during pinhole surgery.

What are the benefits of using pinhole surgery for gum recession treatment?

The benefits of using pinhole surgery to treat gum disease include that it:

  • Restores the natural appearance of your gum line.
  • Results are long-lasting.
  • Recovery time remains much faster than gum grafting.
  • Grafting skin from your palate remains unnecessary.
  • There is little to no downtime to this procedure.
  • Several areas of the gum can be treated at the same time.

If you have recessed gums that need treatment, please contact Dr. Andrew Turchin for more information about receiving pinhole surgery. Dr. Turchin’s professional and caring staff will schedule you for an exam or a consultation. Your gum condition will be treated and resolved quickly using the most modern methods. Contact our Dr. Turchin today for more information.