Pinhole Surgical Technique
Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) is a state-of-the-art technique used to cover exposed tooth roots in a minimally invasive and exceptionally comfortable way.
One of the unfortunate results of aging is gum recession, which is when the gums pull away from the teeth and the roots of the teeth become exposed. This is where the term “long in the tooth” comes from!
Pinhole surgical technique is often called smile rejuvenation because it reverses the aging process of teeth and rejuvenates the smile.
Fix Gum Recession Quickly and Impressively
Traditionally, gum recession is treated by a surgical procedure which includes using gum grafts, which are taken from the roof of the mouth, and suturing them over the exposed roots. While this method is effective it is also uncomfortable and takes a significant amount of time in the dental chair to complete. Moreover, treatment may require many visits if more than one area of the mouth is treated, with a few weeks or months between visits.
With Pinhole Surgical Technique, this can be accomplished in one visit, without using a gum graft at all, and even without any sutures. This is done by doing a very small round “pinhole” which is placed above the gums, far away from the affected area, and by using special instruments and high technical skill the gums are pushed down over the exposed roots to cover them completely followed by placing collagen strips over the roots and between the gum and tooth. This hold the gums where they need to be.
Scientific articles in peer reviewed and highly esteemed journals have shown clinically stable and long lasting results.
Credit needs to be given to Dr. Chao, the inventor of this breakthrough procedure, for his perseverance and vision to make this procedure a reality and an option for all patients with exposed roots.
Dr. El-Halaby working on a patient