Benefits of Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) for Gum Restoration

Benefits of Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) for Gum Restoration

Benefits of Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) for Gum Restoration

Benefits of Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) for Gum Restoration

Benefits of Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) for Gum Restoration

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Gum recession is a dental issue that can affect anyone. It happens when the gum tissue encircling the teeth pulls back. As it does, it exposes more of the tooth or tooth’s root. It can cause tooth sensitivity, decay, and loss if left untreated. Fortunately, Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST™) can help restore gum health. 

PST involves making a small hole in the gum tissue near the affected area. Next, specialized tools are used to gently loosen the tissue and move it back to its proper position over the exposed root surface. Once in place, small collagen strips are placed through the pinhole to hold the gum tissue’s new position. It promotes healing and prevents further gum recession. 


Minimally Invasive Procedure


Traditional gum grafting requires a scalpel to cut and remove tissue from the roof of the mouth. It can be a painful and traumatic experience for patients. In contrast, PST only needs a small pinhole to access the gum tissue. It is less painful and less horrifying. The entire PST procedure happens through the small opening, so there is minimal disruption of the gum tissue and its surrounding areas.


Faster Recovery Time


PST is a minimally invasive procedure that does not require incisions or stitches for quicker recovery time. Patients can resume their daily routines within a few days, whereas traditional gum grafting can take up to two weeks of recovery.


Less Discomfort During and After Procedure


Traditional gum grafting can be painful during and after treatment. Removing the tissue from the roof of the mouth can cause significant discomfort. The stitches required to hold the tissue in place can also be uncomfortable.

With PST, patients experience less pain during and after the procedure. Most report only minor discomfort during the treatment, which local anesthesia can manage. After the procedure, patients may experience minor swelling and pain, but over-the-counter medication can help.


More Natural-looking Results


Traditional gum grafting results in a bulky appearance due to the use of tissue from the roof of the mouth. With PST, the existing gum tissue is gently moved back into place, resulting in a more natural-looking appearance. 


Suitable for Multiple Teeth


PST is a versatile procedure that can help treat multiple teeth at once. It benefits patients experiencing gum recession in several areas of their mouth. It treats these parts in a single appointment instead of undergoing multiple procedures. Patients can also be under PST for multiple teeth without extended downtime because it causes less trauma to the gum tissue and surrounding areas.


Long-lasting Results


The pinhole surgical technique helps patients with gum recession achieve long-lasting results after treatment. The gum tissue remains in its new position to protect the tooth and prevent further recession. Most patients experience this for a long time without needing additional intervention.


Improved Oral Health


Gum recession can lead to many dental issues like tooth sensitivity and cavities. PST can help treat it to improve oral health and reduce your chance of experiencing future dental problems. It aids patients who are hesitant to undergo invasive procedures to achieve optimal oral health.

For more about PST, visit Marine Park Periodontics and Implantology at our office in Brooklyn, New York. Call (646) 863-4810 to book an appointment today.