How is the Pinhole Surgical Technique different than traditional gum grafting?
Traditional gum grafts to treat gum recession is, as the name implies, a grafting of gum tissue. Gum tissue from a donor or other soft tissue is used to rebuild the receding gumline. The donated or other soft tissue is sutured, or stitched, to the gum and grows to the existing gum as healing progresses. This procedure can be painful and difficult. It requires incisions and sutures to hold the gum tissue or other soft tissue to the gums.
The Pinhole Surgical Technique uses neither incisions nor sutures. Instead of using donor or other soft tissue, the Pinhole surgery utilizes the gums that the patient already has. A small “pinhole” is made with a needle in the patients gums. Special tools are used to go into this tiny hole and loosen the the gum tissue. This loosening of the gum, along with the help of some special tools, allows the existing gumline to expand and slide over the exposed root/bone. The goal of all gum recession treatments is to, first, cover any exposed root or bone to prevent decay and additional health problems and, two, aesthetically repair the gumline. The Pinhole process does this as effectively as traditional gum grafting or soft tissue grafting procedures.
Again, the Pinhole process does not require any stitching because it requires no invasive incisions. A tiny hole is used to loosen the gum tissue so that the existing gum tissue can be used to repair gum recession. This means there are many benefits to the procedure:
- Less pain and discomfort during and after treatment
- Quicker recovery time
- No discomfort from sutures (there are none!)
- No scary scalpels!
- Use of existing gum tissue
- Natural looking (because it is your gum tissue!)
The tools and procedure for the Pinhole Surgical Technique were invented by Dr. John Chao. Dr. Bailey has received special training from Dr. Chao and is one of only a few specialists in Utah trained registered to perform the surgery to treat gum recession.