What is pinhole periodontal surgery?

Dr. Steve Dugan of Wichita, Kansas, is a dental professional who can help patients prevent, diagnose, and treat conditions such as periodontal disease. This infection can significantly affect the smile’s health, as it can spread and result in the loss of bone, gum tissue, and teeth. When gum recession occurs from periodontal disease, patients have options to restore their smiles after the condition has been successfully treated and controlled. This includes gum grafting using a particular type of surgery known as the pinhole surgical technique.

What is pinhole periodontal surgery?

Pinhole periodontal surgery is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat gum diseases. This process was developed to avoid the traditional method of cutting and suturing gums for gum grafting, often leading to post-operative pain, swelling, and bleeding.

What can I expect from the pinhole surgical technique?

During pinhole gum rejuvenation, your dentist creates a small hole in your gum tissue. He will gently loosen the gum tissue and carefully remove any diseased tissue through this hole. Once the healthy tissue is exposed, he will place graft material over the area to help promote new gum growth. The gum tissue is stretched as needed to address the gum recession that has occurred with periodontal disease.

Why should I choose pinhole periodontal surgery over traditional gum grafting?

There are a number of reasons why you may want to choose pinhole surgery to treat your gum disease. These include:

  • Minimally-invasive โ€“ the small incisions made during pinhole surgery result in very little pain and discomfort for patients.
  • Reduced recovery time โ€“ because of this minimally-invasive technique, patients can expect a quicker and easier recovery than traditional gum grafting surgery.
  • No stitches required โ€“ unlike traditional gum grafting surgery, pinhole periodontal surgery does not require any stitches.

How do I learn more about pinhole periodontal surgery?

Wichita, KS area patients considering this treatment to restore their gum line and address gum recession from periodontal disease will want to call the office of Dugan Family Dentistry for a consultation visit and initial evaluation. Call (316) 669-4838 to request an appointment at 7405 West Central Avenue and work with our team to address the damage that may have occurred from a severe infection of the smile.