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Pinhole Surgical Technique by Western County Dental

Our Innovative Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation Procedure

Patients that have a high acid diet, brush aggressively, clench or grind teeth, or have the periodontal disease often experience a strong desire to find a solution to their condition. Aside from the ramifications, it has on an individual’s overall bodily health; it leaves behind a trail of embarrassing visual evidence. For instance, many patients experience receding gums, shifting and loose teeth, and eventually lost teeth. Unfortunately, periodontal disease can be challenging to conquer. However, West County Dental offers a new solution at our St. Louis, MO practice. Pinhole® gum procedure utilizes modern technology to reverse some of the impacts of gum disease and strengthen the surrounding teeth.

Why You Should Worry About Receding Gums

Receding gums are the most significant consequence of clenching or grinding teeth, a high acid diet, periodontal disease, or aggressive brushing. In addition to posing health risks, the condition also creates a potentially embarrassing appearance to anyone experiencing it. Because the gums wear down and pull back from the teeth, they reveal more of them than they should. As this happens, the teeth begin to lose the natural support healthy gums provide. Receding gums also create little pockets that are magnets for bacteria, which can further erode the stability of your teeth.

What is Pinhole® Gum Surgery?

Pinhole® gum procedure is a minimally-invasive, scalpel-free surgical technique that addresses the problems caused by periodontal disease. When West County Dental performs this procedure, we utilize a small entrance near the tip of the tooth root – where gum recession occurs. We utilize an instrument to help release the gums so they can gently be placed back close to where they originally were. From there, we use collagen strips to hold your gum tissue in place, preventing it from receding.

What Are the Benefits of Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation?

West County Dental are big believers in the Pinhole® gum procedure as an alternative to more invasive and recovery-intensive gum repair techniques. Our job is to provide stellar dental care that addresses our patients’ unique needs. But we also want to create a welcoming and comfortable space for our patients. Pinhole® gum procedure enables our dental professionals to care for their patients while offering increased comfort. The benefits of this technique include:

  • Recovery time: Because we don’t use a scalpel or stitches during the procedure, we inflict far less trauma on your gums. As a result, patients don’t experience as lengthy a recovery time as they might with another surgical procedure. You can return to work and your life quickly. We can discuss this more in the office.
  • No tissue samples needed: More invasive procedures sometimes require tissue removal. Not Pinhole® gum rejuvenation. The procedure’s minimally-invasive nature means we don’t need to remove tissue and add to recuperation times.
  • More extensive treatment areas: Grafting requires several visits to target numerous areas of the gum line, which isn’t ideal for patients who have severely-receding gums. Pinhole® gum rejuvenation allows. Dr. Spalitto to address virtually all areas of your mouth in one sitting.
  • No sutures: Because our dentists do not cut or apply stitches, there’s no need for sutures. During standard graft procedures, we must use sutures, which increase discomfort and lengthen recovery times.

Am I a Candidate for Pinhole® Gum Surgery?

The Pinhole® gum procedure isn’t for everyone. To discover whether you’re a good fit, the first step is to contact West County Dental and schedule an appointment. When you arrive on the day of your appointment, we’ll perform an inspection of your teeth and gums. Our examination will determine whether you’re a fit for Pinhole® gum surgery. Some of the qualifications include:

  • Checking if you have gum disease and if so the status of it
  • Your gum issues are the result of bruxism (teeth grinding), genetics, or other factors
  • There is no extensive bone loss in your jaw
  • You are in otherwise great overall health


Resolve Your Receding Gums Issues Once and For All

Pinhole® gum procedure has enabled Dr. Spalitto to provide treatment to more patients than before. Because previous treatments for gum disease involved scalpels and sutures, many patients neglected treatment. Unfortunately, the effects of aggressive brushing, high acid diets, clenching or grinding teeth, and periodontal disease, worsens over time. The best solution is to explore your options. Make an appointment with West County Dental today to begin treatment.

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