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Pinhole® Surgical TechniqueFranklin, TN

The Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a non-invasive procedure that helps resolve gum recession. Gum recession typically indicates severe tooth decay and can lead to bone and tooth loss when left untreated. It also affects the physical appearance of a person’s smile as the teeth become elongated. The PinHole technique improves both the function and aesthetics of your smile without the need for surgery.

At New Image Dentistry, we offer the Pinhole surgical technique treatments for patients with gum recession who are looking for non-invasive treatment. Our team can help you achieve your desired smile without the use of a scalpel or sutures. To learn more about a procedure or schedule an appointment, call (615) 295-8290 today.

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    What is PinHole Surgical Technique?

    The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST), invented and patented by John Chao, DDS, MAGD, is a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure for correcting gum recession. Through a small hole made by a needle, the dental practitioner uses specially designed instruments to gently loosen the gum tissue and glide it over the receded part of the tooth. Since there is no cutting or stitching, patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms, such as pain, swelling, and bleeding.

    Receding gums can weaken the teeth. Gum recession can also create unnecessary teeth sensitivity and root damage, leading to tooth loss. The pinhole surgical technique treats gum recession and repairs gum tissue without the need for invasive surgery. Most patients also are pleasantly surprised by the instant cosmetic improvement.

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    The Treatment Process

    The Pinhole surgical technique can be done in one or two appointments, depending on the patient’s condition and personal preference. We begin the procedure by administering anesthesia to keep the patient comfortable and still during treatment. Once the patient is numb, we create a pinhole in the receding gum tissue.

    We then use a special device to gently move the gum tissue by peeling and stretching the gum into a healthier and more suitable position on the tooth or teeth. Once the gum tissue is properly positioned and looks natural, New Image Dentistry inserts collagen strips into the pinhole in the gums. These strips keep the gums in place in a much more minimally invasive way and help create new tissue that will ultimately secure the gums in their new location.

    How to Prepare for Treatment

    Prior to treatment, we will need to schedule a consultation and cleaning visit. The teeth need professional cleaning in order for the treatment to go as desired. We will determine the cause of the patient’s gum recession and discuss ways they can maintain healthy teeth and gums before and after the Pinhole procedure.

    Patients can prepare for treatment by reading about the procedure ahead of time and understanding what is involved. There is not much preparation needed before the appointment. However, after-care instructions may require lifestyle and habit changes, including diet and hygiene care. We will discuss these at the end of the patient’s procedure. Some patients may also need to schedule a follow-up visit to ensure the treatment was successful and the gums are healing as desired.

    Benefits of the Pinhole Surgical Technique

    Traditional gum recession treatments involve the use of donor tissue or soft tissue grafts in order to rebuild the gumline. During this more traditional treatment, soft tissue is sutured in place and joins with existing gum tissue as it heals. While this treatment is effective, comparable results with better patient experience can be achieved through the Pinhole Surgical Technique. In a 2017 case study, 96.7% of patients reported minimal discomfort and favorable esthetic outcomes.

    The benefits of the Pinhole Surgical Technique include:

    • Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results
    • Faster recovery for the patient than traditional grafting
    • Less discomfort for the patient after treatment
    • No need for scalpels or invasive surgical tools
    • No need to take donor tissue from the patient’s palate
    • No need for uncomfortable sutures

    Call Us Today

    Pinhole consultations and treatments are available at New Image Dentistry. Our team looks forward to treating you and creating the smile of your dreams. Call our office at (615) 295-8290 to learn more or schedule an appointment.