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Pinhole Grafting

Your smile is important to you and us!  While the size, shape and color of the teeth are most frequently associated with oral cosmetics, the gums play an essential role too. When gingival tissues begin to recede not only are the size and shape of your teeth affected but you can also experience sensitivity as a result.  There are many methods of soft tissue grafting used to remedy this depending on your specific case. For some patients with generalized gum recession, the Pinhole Surgical Technique allows our doctors to treat more teeth in fewer visits. An entire arch can be treated in a single session without using any of the patient’s own tissue. The technique thickens the gum tissues while covering exposed tooth roots that can be sensitive, unsightly, and prone to decay over time. Post-operative discomfort is minimal, allowing patients to resume their busy lives more quickly. To learn whether you are a candidate for this state-of-the-art procedure, please contact our office to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Parker or Dr. Vieth.

Did you know…

that gum recession can be more than just a cosmetic problem? The tooth structure below the gum line is more prone to decay and tooth sensitivity when exposed. A receding gum line can put your long-term dental health at risk – potentially causing cavities, bone loss, additional gum recession, and even tooth loss.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate for the Pinhole technique?

Everyone’s smile is unique and there are many methods that can successfully treat gum recession.  At your initial evaluation the doctor will thoroughly evaluate your mouth before determining the method most appropriate for your long-term success.  Our doctors will always take the time to answer all of your questions.

What should I expect during a soft tissue grafting procedure?

Most tissue grafting procedures are performed utilizing IV conscious sedation here in our office.  This allows you to rest comfortably and pain free while the doctor performs your procedure. What actually takes place will ultimately depend on the type of graft being done and will be explained to you at your initial appointment with us.

How long is the recovery period following soft tissue grafting?

It is normal to experience some soreness and swelling at the grafting site after your procedure. However, this will subside after a few days as your tissue graft continues to heal. Be sure to follow your post-operative instructions exactly as directed by a member of our dental assisting team. Sutures usually dissolve or will be removed at your post-op appointment within a few weeks.  Keep in mind that soft tissue grafts take several months to completely heal.