Published: 04/12/2019

Receding gums, an unfortunate symptom of gum disease, can age your smile. When gum tissue recedes, it leaves more of your tooth root exposed to bacteria and decay. It also lengthens the appearance of your teeth, in a negative way. Traditionally, periodontists would correct receding gums with a grafting procedure that required multiple surgical sites and a lengthy recovery time. This changed with the creation of an advanced treatment known as the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™). PST™ utilizes your own gum tissue; no scalpels or stitches are necessary. Dr. Steven N. Rice recommends PST™ for patients with receding gums at his Rockville, MD, practice.

How PST™ Corrects Receding Gums
With PST™, our periodontist will make a small pinhole in the gum tissue above or below the tooth. A special tool is utilized to gently release the connective tissue. This allows the receding gums to be lowered to a more ideal position. Collagen will be added to facilitate the tissue regeneration process that will help your gums retain their new shape.

Guide to PST

Benefits of PST™
• The treatment is ideal for patients with dental anxiety as there are no scalpels or incisions used.
• Your receding gums can be transformed in a single visit.
• Patients experience little to no discomfort during or after treatment.
• There is little to no downtime associated with the procedure.

What to Expect After PST™
Our periodontist may recommend ice packs or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication to take the first day after the procedure to reduce swelling. The swelling and pinholes will be unnoticeable within a day or two and your receding gums will be a thing of the past. You will leave our office with an immediately healthier, more attractive gum line.

Nearly everyone is a good candidate for PST™. To learn more about this advanced treatment for receding gums in Rockville, MD, call our office and schedule a consultation with our experienced periodontist, Dr. Steven N. Rice.

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