Gum Disease: Treatments – the Pinhole Technique
We encourage patients to visit our office twice a year in order to prevent common oral health concerns like gum disease, but for those patients who do experience periodontal disease, we offer a variety of treatment options catered to individual needs. Mild gum disease, gingivitis, has few if any minor side effects such as some soft tissue irritation, bleeding during oral hygiene, and discolored gums. In most cases, gingivitis is treated with more frequent professional teeth cleaning and better at-home hygiene. For those patients who develop the more advanced form of gingivitis, periodontitis, treatment may be more extensive including:
- Scaling – the removal of damaged or infected tissues, bacteria, plaque, and tartar from below the gum line.
- Root planing – the smoothing of the surface of tooth roots in order to prevent future buildup of plaque.
- Antibiotics – topical antibiotics may be recommended in order to remove bacteria and infection to restore oral health.
- Surgery – surgical treatment may be necessary in order to reverse the most severe damage caused by periodontitis. Traditional surgery required sutures, extensive healing time, and sometimes soft tissue grafting. At Houston Uptown Dentists, we offer the innovative Pinhole Surgical Technique which allows us to restore gum health following advanced periodontal disease without grafting, sutures, or significant post-operative care.
The Pinhole Surgical Technique
The Pinhole Surgical Technique was created by Dr. John Chao in order to restore recessed gum tissue and oral health following periodontal disease. A needle is used to place a small hole in the remaining healthy gum tissue and gently guide it over the teeth. Unlike traditional surgical techniques such as soft tissue grafting, the Pinhole Surgical Technique produces minimal post-operative side effects such as bleeding or inflammation. Our skilled, knowledgeable team is one of the few practices that offers this innovative procedure.