Pinhole Surgical Technique

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Redmond, WA
Pinhole Surgical Technique

Pinhole Surgical Technique services offered in Redmond, WA

The pinhole surgical technique is a minimally invasive procedure that repairs receding gums. It’s quick, effective, and less painful than traditional treatment techniques, like gum grafts. At Redmond Dentists in Redmond, Washington, Ellen Vyas, DDS, and the team have extensive training in performing the pinhole surgical technique. Their knowledge and expertise allow for quicker recovery times and lasting treatment outcomes. Call Redmond Dentists to schedule a pinhole surgical technique consultation, or book your appointment online today.

Pinhole Surgical Technique Q&A

How does the pinhole surgical technique address gum recession?

The pinhole surgical technique repairs gum recession using your natural gum tissue. Instead of taking tissue from another part of your mouth or using donor tissue, your provider makes several small “pinhole-sized” holes in your gum line and then uses handheld instruments to carefully readjust the tissue.

The pinhole surgical technique is unique in that it doesn’t require incisions or sutures. It’s much quicker, as a result, and reduces the risk of complications like infection.

What is gum recession, and why should it be addressed?

Gum recession is the loss of gum tissue. It occurs for various reasons, including brushing too hard, general wear-and-tear, and gum disease (like gingivitis and periodontitis).

As more of your gum tissue recedes, it exposes your tooth roots, increasing the risk of cavities and tooth loss. Because healthy gums are essential to good oral health, stopping recession early on is crucial, or the problem only worsens. 

How long does the pinhole surgical technique take?

The pinhole surgical technique takes one or two hours on average. But it might take longer if you have severe gum recession.

It takes about 10-20 minutes to readjust the gums above each affected tooth. Your provider administers a local anesthetic beforehand, ensuring the process is comfortable and pain-free. 

What are the advantages of the pinhole surgical technique?

The pinhole surgical technique offers various advantages compared to other types of gum grafting surgery, including:

  • Faster recovery
  • No need for sutures
  • Less swelling and discomfort
  • No scalpels or invasive surgical tools
  • No need for donor tissue

The pinhole surgical technique provides natural, long-lasting results. As long as you take good care of your teeth and gums afterward, you don’t have to worry about undergoing additional procedures. 

How do I prepare for treatment with the pinhole surgical technique?

Before undergoing the pinhole surgical technique, you might need to stop taking certain medications. For example, drugs like blood thinners can increase the risk of bleeding post-op, so you might need to stop in the days or weeks leading up to the procedure.

If you use chewing tobacco or smoke, try to cut back beforehand. Tobacco interferes with your body’s healing process and increases your risk of infection. 

Call Redmond Dentists to schedule a pinhole surgical technique consultation, or book your appointment online today.