Receding gum lines can cause pain and ultimately tooth loss. Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation is the newest technique to repair your receding gum line quickly and almost painlessly. Dr. John Shi of Centre Dental offers Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation in his conveniently-located New York City office in Chinatown. Call or book an appointment online to repair gum recession before more complications arise.
The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST), also called Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation, is a new scalpel-free, suture-free procedure for correcting gum recession.
Through a small hole made by a needle, Dr. Shi inserts a specially-designed instrument that gently loosens the gum tissue and glides it over the part of the tooth that has receded. He then inserts small collagen strips to keep the gum tissue in place.
Since there’s no cutting or stitching, patients can expect minimal postoperative symptoms like pain, swelling, and bleeding, but the results are instant.
When the gum tissue surrounding your teeth wears away or recedes, the tooth’s root becomes exposed. This makes it easier for bacteria to build up in the gum line. Over time, if left untreated, the supporting tissue and bone surrounding the teeth weaken and can result in tooth loss.
Receding gums are a common dental problem, and it happens gradually. The first sign of gum recession is tooth sensitivity and having your tooth look longer than normal. You may also feel a notch along the gum line.
Gum disease is the leading cause of gum recession, but aggressive brushing, hormonal changes like pregnancy or menopause, and genetics can also cause gum loss.
Gum grafting involves cutting a piece of gum from the roof of your mouth. The gum line over the receded tooth is cut and lifted, and the new tissue is placed over the recessed gums and sutured in place. Gum grafting typically takes 2-3 weeks to heal.
With Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation, there’s no cutting or sutures. The only opening is the pinhole, which usually heals within a day. Gum grafting also usually takes about 90 minutes per tooth, whereas Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation can repair up to 15 teeth at one time with just a few pinholes. Normally there is no or much less pain associated with PST compared to gum grafting.
Dr. John Shi has undergone the training necessary to offer Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation to his patients as part of his mission to offer the most up-to-date, painless techniques. Call Centre Dental’s office or make an appointment online and find out if Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation can repair your receding gums.