What is the Pinhole Surgical Technique?
Dr. Ari Moskowitz may recommend the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™) if you have lost some of your gum tissue from gum disease or other factors such as teeth grinding habits or by using the wrong tooth brushing technique. Traditional gum grafting surgery typically involves removing a sample of healthy tissue from the palate and suturing it to the gum line, however, PST™ can be an attractive noninvasive option for patients who want immediate cosmetic benefits.
To perform this procedure, Dr. Moskowitz makes a very small hole in the gum tissue, through which he uses special instruments to loosen healthy gum tissue and move it to cover exposed root surfaces. The process is relatively simple and effective enough to restore the gum line without extensive surgery. Dr. Moskowitz can treat several teeth in a single visit using the Pinhole Surgical Technique.
What Causes Gum Recession?
Gum recession typically occurs as a side effect of periodontal disease, but may also be the result of brushing too aggressively or other factors. Some of the common causes include:
- Gum disease
- Poor nutrition
- Clenching and teeth grinding habits
- Tobacco usage
- Body piercings
reasons to Seek Treatment
You need a certain level of gum tissue around the teeth to reduce tooth sensitivity and protect your tooth roots. If you notice your gums are receding, you may be a candidate for a gum restoration procedure.
Gum recession can make you feel self-conscious about your smile and also affect your oral health. You should seek treatment to:
- Reduce the risk of tooth decay
- Improve the quality of your smile
- Boost self-confidence
Schedule a Consultation
If you have lost gum tissue due to periodontal disease or other factors, Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) may be a good treatment for you. To learn more information and or find out if you are a good candidate, call (410) 744-6088 to schedule a consultation with our experienced Periodontist.