The pinhole periodontal procedure is a revolutionary and innovative procedure. This new treatment option restores health to your gum tissue. Traditionally, if you were suffering from an advanced case of gum recession then you would undergo surgical soft tissue grafting. This technique was uncomfortable and accompanied by bleeding, swelling, and significant post-operative pain. Now, trained dental professionals can offer an alternative.
The Bethesda Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is happy to now offer this new treatment option to our patients. Our staff is expertly trained on the pinhole periodontal procedure. We want to help you recover from receding gums and feel confident about your smile and your oral health. We also want to help our patients without causing any unnecessary pain. This procedure is significantly less painful than the traditional method. We take pride in offering the best, most innovative techniques and treatments to our patients.
What is a Pinhole Periodontal Procedure?
When a patient suffers from receding gums due to an advanced case of gum disease or another cause, the roots of their teeth are exposed. The exposure has a significant impact on the affected teeth, causing them to:
- Have sensitivity to temperatures
- Be sensitive to certain foods
- Become painful to brush
- Result in loose teeth or tooth loss
However, the only procedure to fix receding gums was horribly painful, time consuming, and came with a slew of risks for the patient.
Now, rather than having to endure multiple surgeries and incisions, dentist can offer a more gentle option. The pinhole periodontal procedure was developed to be minimally invasive for patients. It also offers several benefits not provided by other options, such as:
- No need for large incisions
- Suture free
- Graft free
- Scalpel free
- Shorter procedure
- No need for anesthesia
- Ability to treat multiple areas at once
- Patients can resume normal activities right away
- Immediate results
- Much shorter recovery time
- Higher success rate
This procedure is, hands down, the best option for gum restoration available for viable candidates.
Am I a Candidate for a Pinhole Periodontal Procedure?
Similar to any other dental procedure, not everyone is a good candidate for the pinhole periodontal procedure. In order to be a qualified candidate you must:
- Be free of active disease
- Have no significant bone loss
- Be healthy enough for treatment
Your dentist may advise you of additional stipulations that may affect your candidacy. For example, your mouth needs to be healthy, meaning any other dental issues must be resolved prior to this procedure.
Pinhole Periodontal Procedure Steps
The steps for the pinhole periodontal procedure are quite simple in comparison to alternative treatment options. To begin, your dentist will create a small hole in the gums above the tooth showing advanced gum recession. The surrounding soft tissue is then moved into place with special tools through this hole to cover the root of your tooth. Patients no longer need to worry about large incisions in their mouth or stitches associated with the original method of gum restoration. This procedure is minimally invasive. It also does not require general anesthesia or other forms of sedation. This helps eliminate the complications that could possibly arise with the risk of anesthesia.
Patients typically experience little pain and are able to return to work and other activities immediately. This shortened recovery time also helps reduce post-operative complications that can result from more invasive options.
This technique is far superior to the traditional surgical option because:
- No graft site is required
- Very little trauma to gum tissue
- No open wounds
- Lower risk of infection
After the procedure is complete, a collagen strip stabilizes the gum flap. The pinhole will shrink away in less than 48 hours. The collagen strip also signals the body to regenerate the shifted gum tissue.
Pinhole Periodontal Procedure Success Rates
This groundbreaking procedure has success rates much higher than the original treatment option. With little risk of complication from anesthesia, open wounds, and infection, the success rate is quite high. The results of the procedure are expected to be permanent.
There is virtually no recovery time needed after this procedure. Recovery instructions are also very easy to follow. You simply:
- Avoid brushing and flossing in the area to allow for recovery
- Rinse your mouth carefully after eating as well as in the morning and prior to bed
You can ice the area for ten minute intervals to reduce swelling, however many patients experience only minimal swelling. Most patients don’t experience any discomfort after the first few days.
The procedure itself typically lasts 1 to 2 hours and recovery time is also minimal. If you do experience any complications during your recovery time then advise your dentist right away. This allows them to evaluate the situation and take action as needed.
Overall, patients and dentists alike favor the pinhole periodontal procedure. The benefits are far above those of the traditional graft method. Combined with shortened procedure and recovery time along with minimal risk, it isn’t surprising that so many people are requesting this procedure.