WHAT IS GUM RECESSION?
Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gum line. This can occur as a result of periodontal disease* (gingivitis, periodontitis, advanced periodontitis), the natural aging process, or abrasive habits when it comes to brushing the teeth.
Peter Workman is one of the first dentists in the UK to deliver Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™, a minimally invasive option with instant results for treating gum recession – incision and suture free with no grafting.
Why Pinhole Surgical Technique™ (PST™) is a great alternative to traditional grafting
• There is less discomfort for the patient after treatment
• Patients experience a faster recovery
• No need for uncomfortable sutures
• No need for scalpels
All of the tools and techniques used to perform the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ were created by Dr.John Chao, who trained Peter Workman in Los Angeles in January 2014.
Why should gum recession be taken seriously?
When gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed and looks unattractive- the ‘long in the tooth’ look. This means that problems can affect the teeth along the gum line and beneath it - sensitivity, dental decay and as the exposed root is not wear resistant significant grooves can develop. These issues may cause premature potential loss of the tooth/teeth. Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is important for lasting dental wellness.
What is the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ (PST™)?
The Pinhole Surgical Technique™ is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST™ is incision and suture free.
How does the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ (PST™) differ from traditional gum grafting?
Traditional gum recession treatments involve the use of donor tissue or soft tissue grafts in order to rebuild the gum line. This soft tissue would be sutured in place and would join with existing gum tissue as it healed. The sites operated on were very painful post operatively and only 2-3 teeth could be treated at a time. While this traditional grafting treatment is effective, comparable results with better patient experience can be achieved through the Pinhole Surgical Technique™.