Pinhole Surgical Technique

The Beverly Hills Center for Advanced Dental Implants & Periodontology

Jean-Jacques Elbaz, DDS, MS

Periodontist located in Beverly Hills, CA

Receding gums can make your gums appear longer than usual, affecting the overall appearance of your smile. If you suffer from receding gums, The Beverly Hills Center for Advanced Dental Implants and Periodontology in Beverly Hills, California, offers minimally invasive treatment using the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST®). Led by certified periodontist Jean-Jacques Elbaz, DDS, MS, the practice specializes in the most cutting edge oral health solutions. To find out if the pinhole surgical technique can help restore the appearance of your gums, call the Los Angeles office or book an appointment online today.

Pinhole Surgical Technique Q & A

What causes gum recession?

If you experience receding gums, there are several changes you might notice to the appearance of your teeth, including the visible lengthening of the teeth and exposed tooth roots. There are many possible causes behind gum recession, including:

  • Brushing too hard
  • Hormonal changes
  • Tobacco use
  • Periodontal disease
  • Crooked or misaligned teeth
  • Grinding or clenching teeth

Genetically, some patients are at a higher risk for periodontal disease and gum recession than others. Although the pinhole surgical technique is not a cure for gum disease, it is an effective way to restore a healthy appearance to your gum line. 

If you suffer from gum disease, Dr. Elbaz offers several effective treatments, including periodontal maintenance and minimally invasive periodontal surgery. Once your gum disease clears up, PST can be used to restore the appearance of your gums. 

What is the pinhole surgical technique?

As a certified periodontist, Dr. Elbaz has extensive experience performing many different soft-tissue procedures. 

Pinhole surgical technique is a minimally invasive procedure that Dr. Elbaz uses to restore a normal appearance to your gum line. PST is an innovative technique that allows effective treatment of gum recession without any cutting, tissue grafts, or sutures. 

PST delivers excellent, predictable results with less discomfort and a quicker recovery than traditional gum grafting. 

Because the pinhole surgery technique requires no invasive surgical tools, the procedure results in less pain, swelling, and bleeding. PST provides long-lasting, natural-appearing results that you’ll notice immediately. 

What should I expect from the procedure?

During the procedure, Dr. Elbaz uses a tiny needle to make a small hole (pinhole) in your gum tissue. He then uses specially designed instruments to loosen the receded gum tissue and guide it over the exposed parts of your tooth. 

If multiple teeth are affected by gum recession, unlike traditional gum grafting, PST can be used to treat multiple teeth during the same procedure. 

In some cases, Dr. Elbaz uses platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) to help your gums recover. Platelet-rich fibrin consists of growth factors that play a significant role in healing and tissue regeneration. 

The pinhole surgical technique is a simple and effective way to improve the appearance of your receding gums. To find out if PST is right for you, book an appointment with Dr. Elbaz by phone or online today.