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Many people who have gum recession want to heal their gum line and maintain their teeth’s roots. However, most individuals prefer to avoid undergoing the typically painful and drawn-out gum grafting operation to achieve this. But the beauty of PST is that it requires minimal time and tools to accomplish the intended goal of treating gum recession. 

What Is the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST)?

It is a highly natural, minimally intrusive approach to addressing gum recession. Gingival recession, another name for gum recession, is the separation of the gum tissue from the teeth as it recedes. The formation of pockets or gaps between teeth and gum lines is a common consequence of exposed tooth roots. 

These crevices offer the perfect setting for the growth and festering of germs and plaque. A patient with gum recession is far more prone to tooth decay and gum disease, which can result in tooth loss.

The ability to reverse gum recession with the Pinhole Surgical Technique is genuinely innovative, thanks to the minimally-invasive nature of the procedure. The most common tool is a very little needle to repair your gums to their ideal condition. 

How Does PST Differ From Traditional Methods?

Pinhole surgical treatment is not the only option available. Flap surgery is a standard procedure to cure gum recession. Your dentist will cut a flap in the gum during this particular procedure and fold it back to cleanse the underlying surface. The gum tissue is subsequently stitched back into position.

Another option to help with gum rejuvenation is to take a soft tissue graft from the roof of your mouth. By applying biocompatible material to the surface of the injured tissue or bone, this treatment aids in the promotion of tissue creation. 

While both of these techniques are excellent options for those who do meet the criteria of being the ideal candidate for pinhole surgical treatment, they are also more invasive and require more downtime post-surgery.

What Are the Benefits?

There are numerous benefits to opting for PST as a solution for gum recession. You will save time because it only takes a single 1 to 2-hour appointment to complete the procedure. If you are not a fan of scalpels or sutures, then you are in luck because PST requires neither. 

The post-procedure recovery time typically takes 24 hours, meaning you can get back to your normal lifestyle in a very short period. PST also helps prevent further tooth decay or loss, allowing you to hold on to your beautiful smile for many years. 

Who Is a Good Candidate?

A good candidate for pinhole surgery must have receding, sensitive, or bleeding gums. In order to prevent future gum recession, you must also be clear of periodontal disease, generally have healthy gums, and be willing to embrace new and effective dental hygiene practices.

What Are the Risks?

You may experience some swelling in your gums once you begin recovering from the surgery. There can be some pain, but it should be a problem if treated with prescription medication. As you recover from PST, you may also feel more fatigued than usual. 

The more severe problems are that your gums may continue to recede despite getting PST. Food can also get stuck in your gums as they recover, and you may have excessive bleeding, so you should contact your periodontist immediately.

Fix Your Gums Today!


Dentistry at Consilium proudly performs the pinhole surgery technique to help you treat gum recession. If you are interested in restoring your gums, call us at (416) 296-1080 or fill out our contact page to book a consultation.

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