What is the Pinhole Surgical Technique?
The pinhole surgical technique is a type of procedure that is done for patients who have receding gums. Gum recession can occur for a variety of reasons, but it leaves the roots of the teeth exposed and sensitive to external stimuli. Unlike typical soft tissue grafting, the pinhole technique involves creating a small pinhole through the gums and then loosening and pulling the gum tissue over the exposed area. There are no sutures or scalpels involved, so it's incredibly noninvasive.
Why is the Pinhole Surgical Technique needed?
The reason you may want or need the pinhole surgical technique is because you have gum recession. Gum recession can be caused by a variety of factors and can get worse over time without treatment. You may find that the exposed roots of your teeth are more sensitive to hot and cold liquids as well as more susceptible to decay. Some common reasons for gum recession include:
- Periodontal disease
- Brushing too hard
- Using a hard bristled toothbrush
- Chewing tobacco