What is one of the top worries of post-surgery patients? We have found that among our patients at Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Boston, MA, two of the most common concerns after a surgical procedure are did they have a successful procedure, and will it leave a huge scar. When it comes to your tender gums, you can place your trust in the hands of the new Pinhole Surgical Technique. The Pinhole Surgical Technique is a state-of-the-art, limited invasive procedure that leaves no scarring and minimal post-operative side effects. Victims of gum disease and other oral infections with receded gums can enjoy the benefits of their smile within a few days of the procedure.
Treating Gum Disease
The main goal of the Pinhole Surgical Technique is to treat even the worst cases and causes of gum recession and gum disease in a timely and efficient manner. The longer that a patient waits for treatment, the more aggressive the damage can get. The long-term effects of gum disease can include gingivitis and eventual tooth loss, further oral infections, and adverse effects on your body.
The Pinhole Surgical Technique virtually eliminates these problems. The results of the surgery are instant, with the gums comfortably moved back into position, reducing your risks for gum disease. There are no stitches, only a pinhole as the name suggests. This allows for a faster rate of healing and less pain, but with the same standard of quality gum rejuvenation expected.
The first step is to poke a hole in the gums. Depending on where it’s receding, the hole with either be above the upper teeth, or below the lower teeth. After the hole has been made, Dr. Spitz will use a specialized tool to gently tug the gum into a pleasing position. The gum is malleable and will be stretched back down over the receded area.
Once the gum is back in place, tiny strips of collagen are inserted through the hole and packed down tight between the teeth, but behind the gums so it remains invisible. This is to prevent the gums from receding back up. Once the procedure is completed, the pinhole generally heals quickly, sometimes even overnight.
Many of our Brookline, Pembroke, or Boston, MA patients have opted for the Pinhole Surgical Technique thanks to the lack of cutting, stitching, and post-operative side effects like pain or swelling.
The post-operative appointments are merely to check that the area has not been infected and the gums have stayed in place. As stated above, we have found that the pinhole on most patients was healed by the following morning. Dr. Spitz will advise you on the best methods of pain medications and post-operative care after your procedure is completed.
Learn About the Pinhole Surgical Technique
At Smileboston, we encourage any new and current patients to be fully educated about the procedure they seek. Take a look some more through our website or feel free to contact us at our Brookline, MA location. We’d be happy to schedule a consultation for you with Dr. Spitz, where he can examine your oral health and discuss if pinhole gum rejuvenation is best for you. Contact us today!