Smile Enhancement & Gum Rejuvenation
Dr. Mehdi Noroozi, certified Pinhole clinician, performs revolutionary Pinhole® Surgical Technique with application of allograft dermal matrix as an alternative to gum grafting at IMPrESS Perio Implant Center located in Burnaby BC to treat gum recessions predictably and minimally invasive.
What is Pinhole Surgical Technique™ in Vancouver BC?
Gum recession breakthrough treatment also known as Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation and Lunchtime Gum Lift is a procedure in which Dr. Noroozi, the certified Pinhole specialist at IMPrESS Perio Implant Center, Burnaby BC, uses specialized instruments to make a small hole in your gum and add collagen material which stabilizes the area of gum recession. This new method is simple, graft-free, suture-free, scalpel free and minimally invasive. PST™ was developed and patented by John Chao, D.D.S. It has been featured in the International Journal of Periodontics, one of the most prestigious dentistry journals in the world.
What is gum recession?
Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gumline. This can occur as a result of periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, advanced periodontitis), the natural aging process, or abrasive habits when it comes to brushing the teeth.
Why do we get gum recession?
While gum recession is usually viewed as one of the symptoms of gum disease, it can also be caused by insufficient tooth brushing, overly aggressive tooth brushing, or from certain medications that can affect gum health. Gum recession can even be caused by orthodontic treatments and appliances like braces or retainers.
Why should gum recession be taken seriously?
When gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed. This means that tooth decay and other problems can affect the teeth along the gumline and beneath it. Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is important for lasting dental wellness.
Why choose Pinhole ®Surgical Technique (PST™) in Vancouver, BC?
Unlike gum grafting, The Pinhole Surgery Technique™ is minimally invasive and does not cut gum tissue, making it a much less painful option. Gum recession was traditionally treated using a connective tissue graft, which “harvests” gum tissue from the roof of the mouth and then sutures it to the affected area. Connective tissue grafts have a recovery period of up to three weeks and patients often experience side effects including: gum pain, swelling and bleeding. Palatal tissue grafts (tissue taken from the roof of your mouth) also have a different esthetic appearance than normal gum tissue, as the color and texture of roof tissue does not match that of your gums.
Benefits of Pinhole Surgical Technique™ (Gum Lift)
- Reduces the side effects of gum surgery (bleeding, swelling, gum pain)
- Near-immediate cosmetic improvement
- Incision, scalpel and suture-free
- Accelerated recovery
- One visit can treat multiple areas of recession
- Less discomfort for the patient after treatment
- No need for uncomfortable sutures
- No need for scalpels or invasive surgical tools
- No need to take donor tissue from the patient’s palate
- Excellent, natural looking and long lasting results
How does the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) differ from traditional gum grafting?
Traditional gum recession treatments involve the use of donor tissue or soft tissue grafts in order to rebuild the gumline. This soft tissue would be sutured in place and would join with existing gum tissue as it healed. While this traditional grafting treatment is effective, comparable results with better patient experience can be achieved through the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique.
How is Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) performed in Vancouver, Burnaby, BC?
During the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, a needle is used to make a small hole in the patient’s existing gum tissue. Through this pinhole, special instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue. These tools help expand and slide the gumline to cover the exposed root structure. There are no grafts, no sutures, and no incisions needed with the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. It simply involves the adjustment of the existing tissue and thickening of the gingival biotype (Gum) through placement of collagen or acellular dermal matrix (alloderm).
If you have any concerns about possible gum recession, or are worried about gum grafting, contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mehdi Noroozi, the certified periodontist in the Pinhole Surgical Technique. We will be happy to discuss the details and benefits of the Pinhole Surgical Technique PST™.
* Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique®™ and PST®™ are registered trademarks of John Chao DDS MAGD, 2008