Has a dental professional ever told you that you have receding gums? If yes, Farber Centers in Medford and Hauppauge, Long Island, NY, offer a new scalpel-free and suture-free treatment. Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation® is a minimally invasive surgical method that covers any root surfaces left exposed by receding gums. Sometimes areas of the teeth have exposed root surfaces, regardless of the amount of tissue that is present, or the thickness of that tissue. Our patients who have undergone the procedure with Dr. Chris Chondrogiannis have been pleased with the results and the comfortable method itself.
As one of Long Island’s leading periodontists, we pride ourselves in offering advanced techniques to treat receding gums and all forms of gum disease. We are holistic dentists dedicated to saving teeth, helping you maintain excellent oral health, and supporting better whole-body health. Our goal is to offer the most comfortable and minimally invasive options for all gum disease treatments, and the pinhole surgical method is the newest and best option for addressing and improving gum recession.
What is Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation®?
The Pinhole Surgical Technique®, also known as Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation®, achieves greater root coverage for anyone affected by gum recession (receding gums). It is a minor surgery that heals faster, is more comfortable than earlier methods, and involves no scalpels and no sutures. The increased or restored root coverage is comparable to traditional gum surgery using connective tissue grafting. With any method, the goal is to increase the amount of thick tissue that covers root surfaces. Pinhole achieves it with less discomfort, fewer side effects, and excellent results.
The pinhole technique was pioneered as an alternative to methods requiring cutting and sewing with scalpels and sutures. Pain, swelling, and bleeding were more prevalent with earlier methods, which also brought patients more discomfort. As a result, it was common for people to avoid or defer surgery to correct receding gums. Healthy gum tissue properly covering the root surfaces of your teeth is essential to good oral health. Therefore, it has been a significant advance in periodontics to offer a newer method which patients and dental professionals embrace.
How is it Different From Traditional Gum Surgery?
Unlike traditional surgery for receding gums, which involves a large incision using a scalpel, the Pinhole Surgical Technique® uses tiny pinholes and specialized instruments. The instruments are inserted through the pinhole to separate and loosen the tissue. Then it is extended down to cover the exposed roots. To hold the extended gum tissue in place, collagen strips are placed underneath. They help avoid the need for sutures, which was the earlier method. Overall, it is a more comfortable and more efficient way to accomplish greater root coverage.
Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation® is so beneficial that each year more periodontists move away from gum grafts taken from the roof of the mouth at toward att newer technique. At Farber Center for Periodontics & Dental Implants, we recommend it for nearly all root coverage procedures to treat receding gums. Oral health and tooth preservation are the medical reasons for treating gum recession, but when it occurs in front, there also may be a cosmetic benefit. For anyone who values a beautiful smile, the combination of healthy teeth and gums achieves the desired appearance.
What Happens During Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation®?
The Pinhole Surgical Technique® involves tiny pinholes that are about 1.5mm in diameter. Once the hole is opened up, the surrounding gum tissue is gently loosened so that it can be stretched downward. As more of the root surface is covered, the relocated (gently extended) tissue is secured in place with collagen strips and left to heal. There is less swelling and bleeding, and even in as little time as overnight, an observable amount of healing begins. Virtually everyone has a smoother post-operative experience than with traditional gum surgery, and the results are outstanding.
We recommend everyone visit Farber Center for a complete periodontal exam. If you’ve never seen a periodontist, don’t wait for a referral — schedule an appointment today. If you suspect upon self-examination that you may have receding gums, you owe it to yourself and your teeth to have a professional examination, and treatment is recommended.