Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation
What is Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation?
Pinhole surgery, developed by Dr. Chao, is a ground breaking technique for gum rejuvenation. Over time, some people develop receding gum tissue that can become unsightly and potentially lead to tooth loss. Dr. Brown is one of a few dentists worldwide who is certified by the Chao Pinhole Academy as a provider of this technique.
Benefits of Pinhole Surgery
Pinhole surgery has a number of benefits. These include:
- Less discomfort after treatment
- Quick recovery
- No invasive tools or sutures
- No need for donor tissue
- Long lasting solution
- Natural-looking results
Candidates for Gum Rejuvenation
When your gums recede, the margin of the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth pulls up, exposing more of the tooth. The exposed portion is actually part of the tooth root. If you look at your teeth and see darker portions where the gums meet the teeth, your gums have receded up the tooth and the darker portion is the exposed root.
If you have gum recession it’s likely the tooth or teeth are having some sensitivity. This is because the root isn’t covered with protective enamel, as visible portion (tooth crown) is. Also, your teeth will look longer.
Anyone with gum recession is a good candidate for pinhole gum rejuvenation with Dr. Brown. There is no limit to how many teeth can be addressed in one session.
How Does Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Work?
Rather than gum grafting, which takes tissue from the roof of the mouth and transplants it over the receding gums, the pinhole method takes the existing gums and brings them back down to a healthy position on the teeth. This accomplishes the same thing, yet doesn’t involve two areas with incisions and sutures…and serious recovery pain.
Pinhole Surgery Before & After
Pinhole Surgery vs Gum Grafting
Gum Rejuvenation Procedure
The procedure starts by numbing the gums and tissue in the area. Dr. Brown will make a tiny hole with a needle in the gums. Then a special dental instrument is placed through the pinhole and is moved back and forth with gentle movement to free the gum flap over the teeth. Once the gum tissue has been freed, it is guided down to a healthy, normal position covering the exposed root surface. Tiny collagen strips are placed through the pinhole into the gums. These help to stabilize the gums in their new position.
The pinhole method involves no incisions or sutures. The pinhole usually heals in just one day.
Recovery After Pinhole Surgery
This procedure may seem as if it would be traumatic — moving the gum tissue from inside the gums, but it isn’t. The procedure simply frees the gum tissue that has pulled upward, and then brings it back down to the proper position. There really isn’t any recovery. Patients can return to work after their procedure, if they choose. But you may want to give it one day. The pinhole closes usually in one day. Your gums will have some soreness,, but this pain is not acute and can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Pinhole Rejuvenation Results
Your gums will be back in the proper position, covering the tooth root. Your teeth won’t look overly long any more, and they won’t be sensitive because the root is no longer exposed.
This is a permanent procedure. That doesn’t mean your gums can’t recede again if you have poor hygiene or are overly aggressive when you brush. Otherwise, your gums can stay in the proper location for the duration.