Pinhole Surgical Technique PST™
Minimally Invasive Gum Surgery in Houston Galleria
Receding gums are often the result of gum disease. When gums recede, they pull away from the roots of the teeth, exposing the roots to potential damage or infection. It can also be unsightly and increase sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages. Other causes of gum recession include excessive brushing, smoking, and genetics.
Dr. Amanda Echeverria at P+E Dental can help stop the progression of gum disease and recession with antibiotics, antimicrobial rinses, gum grafting, and, when needed, periodontal surgery. We are proud to offer the latest advancement in treating gum disease, the Pinhole Surgical Technique*.
For many patients, Pinhole Surgery can correct receding gums without invasive surgery. As a trained periodontist with extensive experience treating gum disease, Dr. Echeverria is adept at performing gum grafting and other treatments to halt the progression of gum recession. We always choose the least invasive solution to provide our patients with the best results.
What is the Pinhole Surgical Technique?
Dentists and periodontists have traditionally performed gum grafts to correct gum recession. However, grafts are painful, invasive, and can take weeks to heal. Dr. Echeverria recognizes the limitations of grafting and now offers an innovative treatment that is less invasive, more comfortable, and highly successful at correcting gum recession.
The pinhole surgical technique uses a thin needle to make a hole in the gums below areas with receding gums. Dr. Echeverria uses special dental tools to loosen the gum tissue and reposition it to cover the exposed tooth roots. Incisions, grafts, and sutures are not needed. To keep the newly placed gum tissue in place, collagen is applied to maintain stability and encourage healing.
Is PST Better Than Gum Grafting?
There are several advantages to Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) when treating gum recession:
- Minimal bleeding and discomfort
- Shorter recovery time
- Non-invasive – no scalpels or sutures are used
- No need for grafting or tissue harvesting
- Noticeable results the same day
- The results of PST last years
Do You Need Gum Disease Treatment?
If your teeth’s roots are exposed, gum recession needs to be treated to prevent additional recession and complications such as tooth loss. Most patients with receding gums have gum disease that has triggered the recession. Other signs of gum disease may include:
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods
- Pain near the gum line
- Discomfort when brushing or flossing
- Discomfort during professional dental cleanings
- Bleeding gums
If you have any of the symptoms above, contact Mason Creek Dental as soon as possible. Our goal is to save your natural teeth. Gum disease treatment is essential to preserving and protecting your teeth and gums. Call our office at Houston Office Phone Number (713) 961-0088 to schedule an appointment today.
* Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique®™ and PST®™ are registered trademarks of John Chao DDS MAGD, 2008