Some patients do require gum grafting, but the conventional process has some disadvantages. With a conventional gum grafting, a small flap of skin is taken from the palate on the roof of the mouth and is then grafted (surgically attached) to the gum. This requires two separate incisions to be made in the mouth for a single gum graft.
Pinhole surgery is an alternative to conventional gum grafting that may be appropriate for some patients. This procedure requires only a single puncture the size of a pinhole to reverse receding gums.
With pinhole surgery, most procedures take as little as a couple of hours, which saves the patient tremendous time compared to conventional gum grafting. Most patients report less pain and a quicker recovery time with pinhole surgery than with conventional procedures. Since there is no actual cutting, there is less bleeding, swelling, and a lower risk of infection with the pinhole procedure.
Using specially designed surgical instruments, the periodontist will make a tiny hole inside the gingiva above (top jaw) or below (bottom jaw) the tooth. The surgeon will inject a small amount of collagen into the hole, which causes the gums to expand back to their natural contours.
This technique was developed by Dr. John Chao as recently as 2012, so it’s still a very new technique, but the long-term results are promising and observation is still ongoing. Because it’s a newer technique, most dentists aren’t yet familiar with it.
Here at Implantation Dental Center, we are proud to have some of the few dentists who have been trained in the pinhole surgery technique. We believe that for some patients, pinhole surgery offers wonderful outcomes comparable to conventional gum grafting, but with fewer risks and less pain for our patients.
Only the best implant dentist in South Florida can offer pinhole surgery in our area, so we invite you to contact our Plantation dental office to schedule a consultation for your receding gums.