Periodontal disease is caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar between the gum line and teeth. This forms pockets of bacteria that cause inflammation and infection in your gums. It can also lead to bone loss as the bacteria attacks the hard tissues of your teeth.
It also causes gum recession, a noticeable pulling away of the gums from your teeth.
This is an oral health concern, as exposed tooth roots can lead to sensitivity and tooth decay. It’s also a cosmetic concern for many patients as they start to notice a difference in their smiles.
Gum graft surgery is one of the treatment options for gum recession. However, you may be a good candidate for Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™). This minimally invasive alternative to gum graft surgery can be a very effective way to restore the gum line. Dr. Kim may recommend this procedure because of its numerous benefits.
Dr. Kim first creates a pinhole in the receded area of your gum line. He uses specialized instruments to loosen the tissue and move it into a more natural position. The PST differs from many other periodontal treatments because it is minimally invasive and involves no incisions or stitches.
Additionally, with his extensive experience performing this procedure, Dr. Kim can treat several recessed areas in a single appointment.
There are many benefits of the PST that make it an ideal and effective treatment for recessed gums that result from periodontal disease. This procedure can restore your oral health and renew the appearance of your beautiful smile.
Because the PST is minimally invasive and involves no cutting or suturing, it has a much faster healing time than traditional treatments for recessed gums. It’s an attractive alternative to gum graft surgery with a healing time of one to two weeks.
With gum graft surgery, patients must wait for the area to heal to see the aesthetic results of their treatment. However, with the PST, there is no wait time. Patients can immediately see the cosmetic improvements in their gum lines and their smile.
If your gums have started to recede due to periodontal disease, the appearance of your smile changes. You may be able to see tartar buildup or dark areas near your receding gum line. The PST treats tooth sensitivity and reverses significant root exposure so your smile feels and looks natural again.
The thought of dental surgery may cause you some anxiety. The PST is a minimally invasive alternative to gum graft surgery. There are no scalpels or stitches, so you’ll feel less pain and discomfort.
If you are interested in learning more about Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST), contact Dr. Kim for a consultation. He is an expert in periodontal care and can diagnose your gum disease and determine if PST will meet your oral health needs. Don’t wait to improve your smile.