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What To Know About Pinhole Gum Surgery

What Is Pinhole Gum Surgery?

The Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) makes it possible for periodontist Dr. Robert Cain to reshape your gum line without the need to cut, scrap or stitch. This new method of treating receding gums makes it easier for a dentist to give you natural-looking results in a short amount of time. Dr. Cain is one of the only periodontists in the Knoxville area who is a certified provider of The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST), invented and patented by John Chao, D.D.S. Dr. Cain uses this noninvasive method to effectively treat receding gums with minimal discomfort and downtime.

Why Are Receding Gums An Oral Health Concern?

  1. Receding gums are both a cosmetic and oral health concern. Patients with receding gums often have or had periodontal disease. Dr. Cain offers gum disease treatments to eradicate dead tissue and repair a receding gum line.
  2. Gums that have receded can create an unbalanced aesthetic. Patients may feel self-conscious or embarrassed by their smiles; this can begin to effect a patients quality of life.
  3. Advanced gum recession may also leave the tooth root exposed which may cause extreme tooth sensitivity and pain. Exposed roots can also make a patient more susceptible to gum disease and infection. Exposed roots can make it difficult for patients to enjoy eating or drinking.

Does The Pinhole Gum Lift Hurt?

This revolutionary technique creates a way for the dentist to restore the health of your gums through a small hole; this is a noninvasive procedure that allows patients to experience less bleeding, discomfort, and pain. Patients are generally surprised at how comfortable they feel during their gum lift. Many patients return to their daily life immediately after treatment.

Does The Pinhole Gum Lift Require Stitches?

The Pinhole Gum Lift is a nonsurgical procedure that does not require the gums to be cut open, so stitches are not necessary. The procedure is completed through a tiny hole made in the gum line that will heal within a day or two; this allows for minimal downtime and less bleeding, swelling and discomfort.

Are The Results Of The Pinhole Gum List Permanent?

The results of the Pinhole Gum Lift are permanent. Proper daily oral hygiene and biannual visits to your dentist for professional dental cleanings will help keep your gums stay healthy for years to come.

Schedule an Appointment

To learn more about how the Pinhole Surgical Technique can be used to treat gum recession, visit us at East Tennessee Periodontics in Knoxville, TN. To schedule an appointment, call (865) 280-1173 or request an appointment online.