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The Pinhole Surgical Technique

Man smiling after teet cleaningThe pinhole surgical technique is a way to repair gum recession by the least invasive means possible. This is done by shifting gum tissue around through the smallest possible incision to stabilize the weakened gums with little pain and a short healing time. Take a moment to see how it compares to traditional gum surgery.

Pinhole Surgical Technique vs. Traditional Gum Surgery

Traditional gum surgery involves cutting and suturing the gum tissue into the desired configuration, occasionally using grafted tissue from other areas of the mouth. Although this is an effective treatment for receding gums, it has the disadvantage of requiring incisions and sutures which take time to heal. Updated methods such as the pinhole surgical technique offer advantages including:

  • Minimal discomfort: The pinhole surgical technique causes little discomfort due to the minimal invasiveness of the procedure. The gum tissue is shifted gently into place without any unnecessary damage.
  • Quick recovery time: patients often find themselves able to eat and drink normally shortly after surgery, and can expect their gums to be fully healed much more quickly than with traditional surgery.
  • Instant aesthetic improvement: Because the pinhole surgical technique requires only one tiny incision hidden high on your gumline, you’ll be able to see the finished results right after your procedure, instead of waiting for your gums to heal first.

Does Pinhole Surgery Require Specialized Training?

Since the pinhole surgical technique is a more recent development in the field of dentistry, the number of periodontists trained in it is limited. To receive the training and skills necessary to perform the pinhole surgical technique, a periodontist has to complete a continuing education program. Due to the scarcity of qualified trainers, it can be difficult to find a skilled periodontist familiar with the surgery, which is why Implant Dentistry and Periodontics is so proud to offer this unique service to our patients as an answer to gum disease and recession.

Make an Appointment with Dr. Edwards

Gum recession can be solved with a minimum of pain and inconvenience thanks to the pinhole surgical technique, a revolutionary development within the field of periodontics. To make an appointment with Dr. Edwards, your Indianapolis periodontist at Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, you can schedule online or by phone. If you have any questions regarding the pinhole surgical technique or want to learn about other services we offer, please feel free to contact us at your convenience.

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