Need a Gum Graft in Orange County? Why Pinhole Gum Surgery May Be a Better Option
The excessive buildup of plaque and tartar can lead to periodontitis, a disease that can only be treated with thorough cleanings, such as scaling and root planing, and with invasive measures, like gum grafting or pocket reduction. ?At the Dental Oasis of Orange County, Dr. Brian Toorani, a graduate of the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry and a mentor of the Scottsdale Center for Dentistry, will be with you every step of the way if you need to treat your periodontitis.
One such treatment for gum diseases is Pinhole Surgery, a cosmetic dentistry procedure that restores receding gums. It consists of taking tissue from another part of your mouth to graft to your gums and then stitching the grafted tissue to the exposed root of your teeth. Pinhole surgery is invasive and requires multiple sessions to fully reverse the effects of gum loss due to gum disease; however, it may be more comfortable and less invasive than other options.
How does pinhole gum recession surgery work?
You may have seen the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) on shows like ?The Doctors,? since it is a relatively recent development in the dentistry sector (its creator Dr. John Chao started doing it in 2006).
The treatment is very similar to laparoscopic surgeries (keyhole surgeries), but instead of making a tiny incision, a needle is used instead of a scalpel. Pinhole surgery makes it possible for a dentist to work through a tiny hole without disturbing other surrounding tissues. Instead of using a graft–which requires the removing gum tissue from the palate and relocating it–this method just rearranges the gum tissue that is already there.
You may be wondering, however, if gums are receding, how can loosening and pulling gums down completely correct the problem? Couldn?t those gums easily recede again? That could happen if a person continues with poor hygiene habits, but because gum tissue has lots of collagen, the gums are usually able to stabilize. Collagen is a ?main structural protein in humans, and because gum tissues have a lot of it, they are able to self-perpetuate the creation of more collagen, thus lowering the risk of receding gums. And for good measure, a dentist will also insert collagen strips to further the process along.
So is pinhole surgery better than gum grafting?
Both procedures have their time and place; and because pinhole surgery is still so new, it?s hard to say which is ?better.? If the gums are in really bad shape, a patient may be better off with a graft. And if a patient still has an incredible amount of inflammation, he or she needs to get that under control with the guidance of a dentist. However, pinhole surgery does seem to have some great benefits that gum grafting does not.
For instance, one dentist at Dentistry IQ says that many patients with periodontal disease drag their heels when they think of getting stitches for grafts. But because pinhole surgery does not require scalpels, grafts, or stitches, patients are more willing to get a treatment they so desperately need.
In an article in the International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry,? the inventor of the surgery himself found that 95% of study participants were satisfied with their esthetics afterward, and there were minimal surgical complications overall. For such a recent treatment, that is an astounding statistic! And even though this procedure is just dealing with the gums, esthetics still are important to people since gum grafting can sometimes result in minor scarring on the gum line.
Lastly, the surgery doesn?t take as much time as gum grafting. And at the Dental Oasis of Orange County in Huntington Beach, CA, Dr. Toorani has perfected the methods of this procedure and has made it possible for the surgery to be done in one session. Not only is the procedure shorter, but the recovery time will also be significantly shorter as well since there will be minimal bleeding, pain, and inflammation.
What you should expect on the day of your pinhole surgery
If you are eager to start repairing your damaged gums and getting a handle on your disease, you may be wondering what the pinhole process will entail. Here are the basic steps for your appointment:
- A teeth cleaning to prepare for the procedure will be conducted.
- You will be put under a general or local anesthetic, depending on the severity of your gum loss.
- A small pinhole will be made in the area in which the gum is lost and a small piece of connective tissue will be pulled down to cover the receding gum line.
- The area of the surgery will be closed and covered with collagen strips.
- This procedure will be repeated until all gum loss is reversed.
During this treatment, Dr. Toorani will use special instruments that were patented by John Chao himself, to make sure that the gums cover any of your exposed tooth roots. These instruments can also help the dentist insert and support the collagen strips.
Even though this procedure is less invasive than gum grafting, unreasonable expectations could set you up for disappointment. So remember: you may still have some mild pain in the days following the procedure. Your dentist will give you a list of foods you can eat, and you may not be able to brush or floss near healing areas for many weeks. Instead, you will have to use an antibacterial mouthwash that is prescribed by your dentist.
You should drink plenty of fluids during this time so that you can stay hydrated and encourage healing. If you are in a lot of pain, the dentist may give you a prescription for an analgesic. Otherwise, over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatories usually are sufficient. But before you take anything, you should always make sure that the drug won?t cause any complications.
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