Pinhole Surgical Technique PST™

Factors That Cause Gum Recession

There are many factors that can cause gum recession. Some of these factors include:

  • Periodontal disease
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Aggressive tooth brushing
  • Inadequate or insufficient preventive care
  • Hormonal fluctuations caused by puberty, pregnancy or menopause
  • Teeth grinding or clenching
  • Crooked teeth or a misaligned bite
  • Body piercing in the lip or tongue

The Pinhole Procedure

Minimally Invasive Receding Gum Treatment in McAllen, TX

The Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™) is a revolutionary new treatment that allows Dr. John Tan to treat gum recession without making multiple incisions or using sutures. Instead, this procedure requires only a single, pinhole sized incision be made so that gum tissue can be gently stretched over the tooth and temporarily held in place with collagen. Patients of Dr. Tan can contact our office to learn more about this minimally invasive receding gum treatment in McAllen, TX today!


Is gum recession dangerous?

Over an extended period of time, gum recession can be very detrimental to a patient’s oral and physical health. While early symptoms such as “long” teeth and tooth discoloration near the gum line may present cosmetic issues, later symptoms such as root sensitivity and decay or damage can be painful and disruptive to everyday activities. For example, sensitive teeth can make it difficult to eat certain foods, while structural damage to the exposed root surfaces place a tooth in peril. This is why gum recession should be treated as soon as possible.


How does PST™ fix receding gums?

While traditional gum recession surgery usually requires cutting and removing tissue samples to be stitched to the gum line, PST™ is minimally invasive. Only a single small incision is made in the gum tissue before special instruments are used to gently loosen and pull it over the exposed tooth root. Once the gum line has been restored to a more natural and healthy level, collagen strips are used to hold it in place. After a few weeks, the tissue will naturally reattach to the surfaces of the teeth.


What are the benefits?

PST™ offers several benefits to patients who are suffering from gum recession. These include:

  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Minimal pain and bleeding
  • Short procedure
  • Short healing period
  • Immediate cosmetic results
  • Multiple sites can be treated in one visit
PST™ has revolutionized the way in which we are able to treat gum recession for our patients. For more information on receding gum treatment in McAllen, TX, contact Dr. Tan and schedule your consultation today!