Pinhole Surgical Technique

Pinhole Surgical TechniqueSan Jose, CA

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Pinhole Surgical Technique

The pinhole surgical technique corrects gum recession without scalpels or sutures. To utilize this technique, your doctor will create a small hole in the gums around the tooth that is experiencing recession. A special instrument is then used to loosen the tissue around the tooth and glide it over the receded part of the tooth. This technique offers minimal post-operative complications and a reduced likelihood for swelling or bleeding.

Traditionally, patients who suffered from advanced gum recession had only one treatment option: surgical soft tissue grafting. Today, a revolutionary technique allows doctors to restore gum health with less bleeding, discomfort, and post-operative pain. This new approach allows our certified doctors to move healthy gum tissue into the treatment area using just a small pinhole, rather than making a large incision and grafting tissue into place. Compared to traditional periodontal surgery, this method greatly reduces the patients’ risk of complications. With the pinhole surgical technique, our certified doctors are able to consistently achieve outstanding results for periodontal treatment patients.

Understanding Traditional Soft Tissue Grafting

During a traditional soft tissue grafting procedure, the doctor removes a small piece of gingival tissue, typically from the roof of the mouth, and sutures it into place where the gums have receded. Although the treatment is not as invasive as some other oral surgeries, soft tissue grafting does involve incisions, stitches, and some degree of pain. Patients will commonly experience discomfort for several days following their procedure. They may encounter complications from eating certain foods or accidentally brushing or flossing too close to the sutures or treatment area. This can slow healing and increase the risk of developing infection. The traditional gum grafting procedure is an effective treatment for recession, but with the advent of the pinhole surgical technique, it poses an unneeded risk of complications for the patient.

An Innovative Technique to Minimize Your Risks

To utilize the pinhole surgical technique, your doctor will create a tiny hole in the gums around the tooth that has experienced recession. Through this small opening, our certified doctors will gently move the surrounding tissue into place, covering the sensitive root of the tooth. With this method, we are able to eliminate all of the risks that are associated with incisions and sutures. Additionally, this minimally invasive procedure does not require any sedation or general anesthesia, so there are no concerns over complications arising from these aspects of the surgery. Patients routinely comment that they experience very little pain or discomfort after undergoing the pinhole surgical technique. With traditional soft tissue grafting procedures, patients can typically return to their normal routines within one to two days. With the pinhole surgical technique, patients can return to work and other activities immediately following their procedure.

With a shortened recovery time, the chances of any post-operative complications from regular oral hygiene practices are greatly reduced. Patients should understand there is still a small risk of developing an infection, swelling, or tenderness, but these side effects are rare. Choosing a care provider who is trained in the technique, like our certified doctors, can further ensure your health and safety.

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Bittner Family Dental Group is located at
890 Saratoga Ave Suite A
San Jose, CA

(408) 247-8080