Pinhole Gum Surgery An Overview
What is gum recession?
Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue along the gum line recedes. This can typically occur as a result of periodontal, the natural aging process, or aggressive brushing and flossing habits. Genetics, hormones, and tobacco use can also increase your risk of gum recession. Treating gum recession is essential to the overall health of your smile. The issue with gum recession is, it can lead to exposed tooth roots, which can lead to an increased risk of tooth sensitivity, infection, and tooth decay along the gumline.
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST)?
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, also known as the Lunchtime Gumlift™, is a quick, minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Traditionally, gum recession would be treated using the gum grafting procedure. Unlike traditional gum grafting, the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique requires no incisions and is suture free.
In most cases, traditional gum grafting requires donor tissue or soft tissue grates to help restore the gum line. The soft tissue is sutured into place and gradually heals with the existing gum tissue; whereas the pinhole technique uses loosened gum tissue to cover exposed tooth roots and improve the appearance of receded gums.
The Key Benefits of Pinhole Gum Surgery
Pinhole gum surgery offers many benefits for patients with receding gums including:
- Faster recovery time
- A less invasive alternative to traditional gum grafting surgery
- No sutures or incisions required
- Low risk of complications
- Less bleeding during treatment
- Virtually pain-free and requires only a very short recovery time
- Long lasting, natural looking results
If you have a gummy smile, you can achieve a more appealing smile with the pinhole gum surgery. In recent years it has gained popularity and is now one of the most common treatments used to treat receding gums.