Pinhole Surgical Technique


Pinhole Surgical Technique - Temecula, CA

Rejuvenate Your Smile!

Nothing ages a smile and face more than receding gums. Gum recession can also weaken teeth, causing sensitivity, root damage or even tooth loss.

With the new Pinhole Surgery Technique (PST), receding gums can be stably repaired without the use of traditional surgery that includes cutting, grafting and stitching.

The PST gum recession procedure has been tested over a period of several years with uniformly good and lasting results.

Recently, this procedure was made available by inventor Dr. Chao to select dentists for more widespread application. The Pinhole Surgical Technique takes just a few minutes per treated tooth, with virtually no pain and no downtime.

Pinhole Technique

Why Do Gums Recede?

When gums are healthy, they cover the roots of our teeth and form a seal that keeps food and bacteria from getting below the gum line, where it can lead to the buildup of plaque and tartar, as well as infection, gum disease, and tooth decay.  Unfortunately, there are a number of factors that can lead to gum recession, impacting your oral health and the appearance of your smile.

There are several potential causes for gum recession.  Some, like heredity or hormones that increase gum sensitivity, are beyond your control.  Others, such as tobacco use, poor dental care, and aggressive brushing, can be addressed to stop further gum recession. 

Once your gums have receded, however, you’ll have to restore them to their natural position in order to protect your teeth and improve the appearance of your smile, and this is where the pinhole surgery technique can help.  If gum disease or tooth decay have set in, you’ll need to address these issues and regain oral health, after which you can treat gum recession.

Quitting tobacco, practicing good oral hygiene, and learning how to brush properly with a soft-bristled toothbrush can all help to stop the damage, and if issues like misalignment or bruxism are contributing factors, you may need to address them, as well.  From there, pinhole surgery offers a minimally-invasive means of returning your gums to their correct position so you can restore healthy function and an attractive smile.

Are You a Good Candidate for This Procedure?

In order to be eligible for pinhole surgery, you’ll need to meet certain criteria.  First, you must be in good health (both oral and overall), so you may need to undergo other treatments to address issues like gum disease before undergoing the procedure.  You may also need to give up tobacco or improve oral hygiene habits to ensure optimal and lasting results.

In addition, you will need adequate gum tissue that can be stretched and repositioned so that collagen strips can be placed to hold the gum tissue in its new position.  If all of these conditions are met, you may be a good candidate for the pinhole surgery technique.  If not, you still have other options to explore, such as gum grafting, and the talented and experienced team at Elevate Dental is happy to discuss treatment options and recommend the best course of action based on your particular needs.

Free Gum Recession Consultation

Start on your road to rejuvenated gums with a free consultation with Elevate Dental. We will evaluate the extent of the gum recession and any other issues that might need to be handled to prevent gum recession from continuing. You will get treatment plan options and advice on the best path to choose for your specific condition.

To make an appointment, call 951-699-4440 or click here to request an appointment online.

Pinhole Surgery Steps

The affected teeth are cleaned and prepared and the gum tissue is numbed with a local anesthetic. A small entry point (0.1 inch) is made in the gum above the tooth or teeth to be treated.

Our Doctors use a specialized dental instrument designed and patented by PST inventor Dr. Chao to free the gum tissue at the entry point and gently move the gums down to their proper position. Next, they use a small angled instrument to pass several collagen strips through the entry point and place them under the gums. The collagen helps to stabilize the gums.

By using this technique we can correct up to 14 teeth at once in one to two hours. There is little to no post-operative discomfort.