Many of my patients who experience receding gums are curious to know how the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ is different from gum grafting. While both treatments can help restore a healthy, attractive gum line, Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ is designed to be less invasive, and offers a more rapid recovery time. Below is a brief explanation of each treatment, to help you compare the differences.

Traditional Gum Grafting Surgery

Gum grafting surgery (soft tissue grafting) has been the treatment of choice for gum recession for many years, and is generally quite effective. The procedure typically involves removing donor tissue from the palate (also known as the roof of your mouth), which is then grafted onto the area of concern. Both the donor site and treated gums will likely require sutures. Recovery from gum grafting surgery usually takes approximately 3-4 weeks.

The Pinhole Surgical Technique™

With the Pinhole Surgical Technique™, receding gums are gently moved back into place through the use of a small tool. To begin the procedure, a tiny “pinhole” incision is made, enabling your dentist to insert the specialized instrument into the gum tissue. Once the gums have been relocated to the desired position, a collagen strip is inserted to help keep them in place—no stitches or sutures needed. Depending on how many teeth require treatment, additional pinhole incisions may be needed, but the small openings generally close within a day.

If you are suffering from receding gums and wish to restore health and beauty to your gum line, please contact my practice today to learn more or to schedule a consultation.

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Dr. Edward Shukovsky