The Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™) is a groundbreaking advancement in the field of dentistry and periodontal care. This gum rejuvenation procedure is a minimally invasive alternative to gum grafting, which replaces lost gum tissue with sections taken from the roof of the mouth. PST™ often proves to be an ideal solution for patients with receding gums, as it provides optimal results with a faster, more comfortable recovery.
Our dentist, Dr. Jordan Slagter, has undergone extensive training on the technique and is the only Central Texas dentist certified to perform this procedure. She is proud to offer patients of Austin Dental Spa this innovative new solution for gum recession. If you would like to learn more about the pinhole technique, we encourage you to schedule an appointment to discuss how it can rejuvenate the look and health of your teeth.
The Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Treatment™
To begin the procedure, your teeth are cleaned and the gum tissue in the area of concern is numbed with a local anesthetic. Our dentist then uses a specialized dental needle to make a small hole above the receding area. Through this entry point, a small, angled instrument is inserted to free gum tissue from the bone underneath. The gum is then pulled to its proper place so it is draping over your exposed tooth root. To complete the procedure, collagen strips are inserted to reinforce the new gum placement and to stimulate collagen growth.
While PST™ is typically performed on just one or two teeth, it can correct between 10 and 15 teeth at a time. The treatment takes about 20 minutes for the first couple of teeth, and the whole mouth averages about one to one and a half hours. Patients can generally look forward to instant results and a short recovery.
The Recovery Process
Unlike gum grafting, which usually takes three weeks to recover, there is little to no downtime following the pinhole process. Patients may experience some sensitivity, but they typically feel comfortable to resume normal eating by that same evening. Since PST™ does not traumatize tissue, there is usually only minimal discomfort, and patients can benefit from their beautiful new smile as soon as the procedure has been completed.
Contact Austin Dental Spa
If you would like more information about Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™, please contact us with any questions you may have, or to set up a consultation with one of our experienced dentists. A healthy, new smile is just a short treatment away!