Published: 12/14/2017

Gum recession threatens both the appearance and health of your smile. Gum recession occurs when the periodontal tissue shrinks away, leaving your tooth’s sensitive roots exposed. This can dramatically age your smile, making you look older than you are. It also leaves a greater portion of your teeth vulnerable to decay. It is important to restore periodontal tissue as soon as possible in order to protect your oral health. Receding gums were previously treated with a gum graft in Rockville, MD, but another option is available. Dr. Stephen N. Rice offers the minimally invasive Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST™).

The Difference between PST and Gum Grafting

  • Gum grafting is a procedure in which periodontal tissue is collected from one section of your mouth, usually the palate, and transferred to the treatment site. With PST, existing gum tissue is utilized. Connective tissue is loosened, allowing the periodontal tissue to be gently pulled over the tooth surface.
  • Gum grafting requires that the grafted tissue be sutured into place while it slowly integrates with the existing tissue. With PST, however, there are no incisions or stitches necessary. The newly positioned gum line is held in place with a bit of collagen.
  • With PST, there is little to no bleeding, swelling, or discomfort as there are no medical incisions made. Gum grafting, on the other hand, does have a lengthier recovery period.
  • PST can be performed in a single visit and the results are immediately apparent while gum grafting takes time to heal and can only treat a small grouping of teeth at a time.

If you need treatment for receding gums, contact our office to learn about the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique. PST offers numerous benefits over a gum graft in Rockville, MD. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Rice to determine whether this innovative, minimally invasive treatment is right for you.

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