Pinhole Surgery

Pinhole Surgery

Dr. Roxanne Lowenguth D.D.S., M.S. is certified to perform the Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Rochester, NY

Pinhole Surgery

Pinhole Surgery: A Comprehensive Guide to the Procedure and Benefits

Gum recession is a common dental issue that can negatively impact the appearance of your smile and lead to other oral health problems. But, did you know that there's a minimally invasive solution that can help you treat gum recession without the need for cutting or stitching? This solution is called pinhole surgery, also known as the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST).

We’ll answer some of the frequently asked questions about pinhole surgery, including its benefits, ideal candidates, procedure time, cost, pain level, and recovery time.

What is Pinhole Surgery and How Does it Work?

Pinhole surgery is a breakthrough dental procedure that involves making a small hole in the gum tissue and using special instruments to reposition the tissue over the exposed root. Unlike traditional gum grafting, pinhole surgery does not require cutting or stitching, making it a less traumatic and less invasive solution for gum recession.

What are the Benefits of Pinhole Surgery?

Pinhole surgery offers several advantages over traditional gum grafting procedures, including:

  • Minimally Invasive: No need for cutting or stitching, leading to faster healing and less discomfort.
  • Faster Healing Time: The procedure is less traumatic, resulting in a faster recovery time.
  • No Donor Tissue Required: Unlike gum grafting, pinhole surgery does not require the removal of tissue from other parts of the mouth.
  • Better Cosmetics: Pinhole surgery results in a more natural and seamless appearance compared to gum grafting.

Is Pinhole Surgery Right for Me?

Pinhole surgery is an ideal solution for patients with mild to moderate gum recession who are looking for a minimally invasive option. If you're interested in pinhole surgery, it's important to schedule a consultation with a dentist to determine if it's the right choice for you.

How Long Does the Procedure Take?

The duration of pinhole surgery varies depending on the extent of the recession, but it typically takes one to two hours to complete.

How Much Does Pinhole Surgery Cost?

The cost of pinhole surgery can vary based on the extent of the recession and other factors. A consultation with a dentist is recommended to get an accurate estimate of the cost.

Is Pinhole Surgery Painful?

Pinhole surgery is relatively painless, and most patients experience only minimal discomfort during the procedure. After the procedure, you may experience some soreness and sensitivity, but this should subside quickly.

How Long Does it Take to Recover from Pinhole Surgery?

Recovery from pinhole surgery is typically quick, and most patients are able to return to normal activities within a day or two.

In conclusion, pinhole surgery is a minimally invasive solution for gum recession that offers several benefits over traditional gum grafting procedures. If you're interested in pinhole surgery, schedule a consultation with one of our dental professionals at ROC Perio & Implants in Rochester, NY. We're here to help.

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