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Pinhole Surgical Technique

Pinhole Surgical Technique San Diego . La Jolla . Del Mar

A Minimally-Invasive Procedure

WHAT IS GUM RECESSION?

Gum recession is a common condition observed in older dental patients. Receding gums are seen in 85% of people above the age of 65years. Gum recession was considered a relatively minor dental problem. Still, with the growing popularity of oral health maintenance and the increased awareness of the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene, it is now seen as one of the more serious problems. Traditionally, it was corrected with soft tissue grafts, which is an invasive surgical procedure. However, it was not preferred by patients as it is a painful and time-consuming procedure. The advent of non-invasive procedures like The Pinhole Surgical Technique for gum recession can be treated faster and with significantly lesser morbidity. In addition, this technique offers a long-term solution to the age-old issue of receding gums. Dr. Amy Khajavi is one of the few clinicians in San Diego who provide Pinhole Surgery to treat gum recession.

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CAUSES OF GUM RECESSION

Are you suffering from a receding gum line and have been wondering why this occurred? Gum recession occurs when the gingival tissue recedes, exposing the surface of the root of the tooth. This can give rise to various issues. The root’s surface is not as tough as the enamel and is protected by the gums and bone tissue. Hence exposure of root surface or cementum makes it more prone to dental decay and other problems like sensitivity, pain, change in the smile line, mobility, and even loss of the tooth in the long run. 

There are several causes for gum recession to develop. The leading cause is genetics which plays a crucial role in your susceptibility to gum diseases. If neglected, gum disease may result in complete tooth loss without proper treatment. In addition, poor oral hygiene due to lack of appropriate oral care, occlusal trauma, overzealous brushing, etc., is some factors that may also bring out gum recession. Fortunately, the Pinhole surgical method can aid in treating and reversing this damage.

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WHAT IS THE PINHOLE SURGICAL TECHNIQUE?

The Pinhole gum grafting surgery is a minimally invasive technique to treat the damage caused by gum recession. Contrary to conventional soft-tissue grafts, Pinhole Surgery is performed via a tiny pinhole in the receding gum tissue. After placing the pinhole, the surgeon places a device into the hole, stretching the gum tissue. This gingival tissue is now placed in a more suitable and healthier position on the surface of the receded teeth. Once the gingiva is in the proper position, the operator places collagen strips in the pinhole. Sutures can be avoided in the Pinhole Surgical Technique, as the collagen strips retain the gum in the desired position.

ADVANTAGES OF THE PINHOLE GUM GRAFTING TECHNIQUE

The greatest advantage of the Pinhole procedure is that there is no need for any incision, scalpel, sutures, or graft to be taken from any part of your oral cavity, unlike in soft tissue grafting. Therefore, it! It is a minimally invasive method in the true sense.

The fact that multiple teeth can be repaired in a single appointment is a significant advantage of the Pinhole Gum grafting Technique. Whereas, Grafting procedure requires several sessions to treat more than one area. The pinhole technique saves time for the patient since healing is faster in this method. The healing process is also free of morbidities.

AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR PINHOLE SURGICAL TECHNIQUE?

If you are considering going for Pinhole surgery, you must discuss with Dr. Amy Khajavi if you are eligible for this procedure.

You are a good candidate if you have:

  • Mild-moderate gingival recession

  • Prone to dental cavities due to receded gums

  • Teeth sensitivity

  • Non-smoker or quit smoking

  • Good medical and dental health

  • Absence of any periodontal diseases

  • Want less-invasive techniques to consider to improve the aesthetics of your gum.

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Dr. Amy Khajavi will consult you and discuss your medical and dental history to determine if this procedure is a good option for you.

If you're interested in learning more about Pinhole Surgery for gum recession, you can call our office at All Natural Dentistry. We are always here to clear any doubts you may have.

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