Pinhole Surgical Technique

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Our team at Wenatchee Dental is proud to offer the revolutionary Pinhole Surgical Technique.

This minimally invasive procedure is an alternative to traditional gum grafting and can repair receding gums quickly and with minimal discomfort.

At Wenatchee Dental, we use advanced tools and techniques to ensure that your experience is as comfortable as possible, and our experienced team of dental professionals will make sure you are informed throughout the entire process. The Pinhole Surgical Technique procedure itself takes less than an hour and offers immediate visible results—no lengthy recovery period is necessary! Contact our Wenatchee, WA office today for more information on how the pinhole surgical technique can help you!

What Is The Pinhole Surgical Technique?

The Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) is a modern, minimally invasive procedure for treating gum recession. It involves making small incisions in the gum line and then loosening the surrounding tissue to cover exposed roots. With micro instruments, we can carefully adjust the tightness of the gum tissue around each tooth as needed. If you’re suffering from gum recession, the Pinhole Surgical Technique may be the perfect solution for you! 

Benefits Of The Pinhole Surgical Technique

This technique offers a number of benefits, including less discomfort and swelling than traditional grafting methods, reduced healing time, and an immediately visible difference in your smile. 

Unlike traditional gum recession treatments that involve cutting, sutures, and tissue grafting, the Pinhole Surgical Technique utilizes specialized instruments and a small needle to loosen the gum tissue and reposition it over the exposed areas of the teeth. This technique allows for the treatment of multiple teeth during a single procedure, providing immediate results without the need for invasive surgical tools.

One of the primary advantages of the Pinhole Surgical Technique is that it causes less tissue trauma than traditional treatments. Additionally, Dr. Aaron Kelly, a board-certified specialist in this technique, may also use platelet-rich fibrin to assist in the healing process. Platelet-rich fibrin contains growth factors that aid in tissue regeneration and recovery.  

The Benefit Of Using Platelet-Rich Fibrin

Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) is a substance derived from your own blood that has immense potential for promoting tissue healing and regeneration. Obtaining PRF involves a straightforward process that begins with drawing a small quantity of the patient’s blood. This blood is then centrifuged at a specific speed and time to separate the various components.

The PRF is found in the middle layer after centrifugation, between the red blood cells at the bottom and the acellular plasma at the top. This layer is rich in platelets, white blood cells, and a network of fibrin—a protein involved in the clotting of blood. It’s this combination that gives PRF its regenerative capabilities.

When performing the Pinhole Surgical Technique, PRF can be particularly beneficial. Once the gum tissue has been repositioned, PRF can be placed at the treatment site to facilitate healing and tissue regeneration. Here’s how it specifically aids in this process:

  • Promotes healing: PRF is rich in growth factors, proteins that stimulate cell growth, and other molecules that promote healing. These growth factors are slowly released over time, providing a sustained stimulus for healing.
  • Stimulates tissue regeneration: PRF not only aids in healing but also promotes the regeneration of lost or damaged tissues. This is particularly useful in treating gum recession, where the goal is not only to reposition the gum tissue but also to encourage the regeneration of the receded areas.
  • Reduces inflammation and discomfort: The application of PRF has been associated with reduced postoperative inflammation and pain. This is believed to be due, in part, to the anti-inflammatory properties of the white blood cells found in PRF.
  • Provides a natural scaffold: The fibrin in PRF forms a natural scaffold that supports the migration and proliferation of cells necessary for tissue regeneration.

Recovering & Aftercare

When compared to traditional gum grafts, which can take up to a month of recovery, the Pinhole Surgical Technique is far less invasive, resulting in only minimal downtime. Typically, patients are able to resume their regular diet just hours after the treatment and may experience heightened teeth sensitivity for the initial days post-procedure.

At the completion of your pinhole surgical procedure, you can expect a restored gum line and full aftercare instructions from our team. We are dedicated to providing all the necessary support for patients throughout their recovery period.

Am I A Candidate?

If you are suffering from gum recession, this procedure may be a good option for you. Our Wenatchee Dental team will assess your individual needs and provide information about the best options for your smile. 

A Safe & Effective Alternative

The Pinhole Surgical Technique is a simple and effective way to improve the appearance of and help treat receding gums. To find out if the Pinhole Surgical Technique is right for you, call our Wenatchee, WA office and schedule a consultation with our team today! 


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