Causes of 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
  • Hormal 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

Benefits of PST Procedure

Patients suffering from receding gums in Sacramento, CA are encouraged to contact Dr. Andrea Joy Smith for information on the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™). This is a new, minimally invasive gum surgery that offers the following benefits:

• Only one tiny incision
• No sutures
• Fast Recovery
• No tissue matching complications

Pinhole Surgical Technique PST™

What is gum recession?

Gum recession can occur for a number of reasons, ranging from gum disease to misalignment and even oral piercings. It happens when the tissue starts to detach from the surface of the teeth. Over time, the gums can begin to wear away and leave larger portions of teeth exposed. This is problematic, as it leaves the root surfaces more vulnerable to bacteria and more likely to decay at a quicker rate. In most cases, some form of gum surgery is needed to correct the issue and preserve the teeth.

How does PST™ work?

PST™ is a minimally invasive gum surgery that works by first making a single pinhole sized incision in the gum tissue. Then, a series of specialized instruments are inserted through the incision and used to loosen the tissue. Once the tissue is loosened, it can be stretched and pulled over the exposed area of the tooth. Finally, tiny collagen strips are placed in the tissue to hold it in place during the healing process.

How does PST™ compare to other types of surgery?

Other types of gum surgery, such as connective tissue grafts, produce great results but can be considered invasive by some patients. In addition to several larger incisions in the gum tissue, there is also a need for a second surgical site where the donor tissue is harvested. PST™, however, does not require large incisions or any additional surgical sites. This means that there is minimal pain, less bleeding, and less swelling. The recovery period is also usually much shorter.

This new method has greatly improved the patient experience when receiving treatment for gum recession. Patients suffering from receding gums in Sacramento, CA can contact Dr. Smith for information on PST™.