For many years the go-to method for patients to repair their receded gums has been traditional gum grafts. But here at Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, Dr. Spitz was seeking a different way to help his patients with gum recession and discovered the Pinhole Surgical Technique.
Traditional gum grafts involve removing tissue from the roof of the patient’s mouth and surgically applying it to the patient’s receded gums. While somewhat effective for some patients, the method was not always 100% successful. Patients were also left with two tender areas that needed healing, and up to two to three weeks of recovery time. Dr. John C. Chao, a pioneering dentist and instructor at the USC School of Dentistry, developed the Pinhole Surgical Technique as an alternative surgery that was more cost-effective, minimally invasive, and quick to heal from. Dr. Spitz understood the many advantages that the Pinhole Surgical Technique would hold, and worked closely with Dr. Chao to learn more about the surgery and its best practices.
The Benefits of Pinhole Surgical Technique
Dr. Chao shared that the advantage of the Pinhole Surgical Technique was that it did not require a graft. Instead a small hole is made in the gums, through which the dentist gently maneuvers the gums back into place over the roots of the teeth. This minimally invasive procedure requires no cutting, no stitches and is quick to accomplish. Additionally, the patient experiences little pain and can fully recover within a few days, rather than the few weeks that a gum grafts requires. The pinhole itself also disappears in a matter of days, leaving no scars behind. During the surgery, collagen strips are applied to the gums to ensure that they don’t recede again as well.
With Dr. Chao’s estimate that over 50% of adult Americans have a form of gum recession, Dr. Spitz is happy to provide this alternative, less painful treatment for his patients in the Brookline, MA and Pembroke, MA areas and beyond. Don’t let the side effects of gum disease wreak havoc on your oral health. By prolonging treatment, the gum disease could worsen, causing harmful long-term effects such as gingivitis and tooth loss. With the arrival of the Pinhole Surgical Technique, repairing your gums is now quicker and more convenient than ever.
Contact Us About the Pinhole Surgical Technique
Today, Dr. Spitz at Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry is one of the few dentists in the greater Boston, MA area to offer the Pinhole Surgical Technique to his patients. If you’re suffering from gum recession due to gum disease or other factors, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We have two offices conviently located in Brookline, MA and Pembroke, MA and proudly serve all new and current patient interested in the procedure. Contact us today to learn more about the Pinhole Surgical Technique and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Spitz. During the consultation, Dr. Spitz will examine your oral health and help determine if the Pinhole Surgical Technique is the best route for you and your smile.