How Is the Pinhole Surgical Technique Different From Gum Grafting?

Traditionally, gum grafting has been the relied-upon method for stopping gum recession. Unfortunately, gum grafting involves oral surgery that requires incisions, tissues to be harvested from a donor site in the mouth, and sutures to keep the repositioned tissues in place while the mouth heals. As a result, the recovery from traditional gum grafting can take 3-4 weeks.

Thanks to the invention of the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST), the inconvenience and discomfort of gum grafting can be a part of the past. By creating a tiny pinhole in the gum tissue, Dr. Jordan Slagter can reposition the gums to help cover and protect over-exposed teeth. This procedure is considered to be minimally invasive, requires no incisions or sutures, and patients typically experience little to no discomfort during the procedure. Since there are fewer steps to PST compared to gum grafting, the treatment can often be completed within 20 minutes for a few teeth or about an hour for the whole mouth. With a greatly expedited recovery period, patients who choose PST can eat and drink normally within the same day as their procedure.

To learn more about the benefits of PST, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Slagter, please contact our office today.