January 1, 2016
Colorado Springs dentist, Dr. Greg Solich, performs minimally invasive Pinhole Surgery Technique. Learn how PST helps receding gums and covers roots.
Gums recede and tooth roots become exposed due to periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease. People also lose gum tissue through the aging process, heredity and other complicating medical conditions. Dr. Greg Solich, Colorado Springs dentist, uses innovative Pinhole Surgery Technique, or PST, to quickly and comfortably cover roots and restore a healthy, even gum line.
What’s the purpose of PST?
Developed by Dr. John Chao DDS, the Pinhole Surgery Technique is now performed by skilled dentists across the country, including Dr. Greg Solich. The purpose of the in-office surgery is to restore a youthful and healthy gum line and to provide coverage for tooth roots, reducing tooth sensitivity and protecting against decay.
Traditional gum surgeries accomplish the same outcomes. However, the common gum flap surgeries involve the surgical removal of a piece of soft tissue from the roof of the mouth and suturing it under selected areas of receded gums.
While successful and restorative, these surgeries involve stitches, cutting, bleeding and extended recovery times. Dr. Solich prefers the easier and more efficient Pinhole Surgery Technique.
How the Pinhole Surgery Technique Works
Award-winning Colorado Springs general dentist, Dr. Greg Solich, performs PST right in the dental chair. The patient receives local anesthesia to make the areas numb, and Dr. Solich begins work with a patented tool which makes a small pinhole in the affected gum tissue. He carefully guides the pierced gum tissue down over the roots and tooth structure, securing it with a natural material called collagen.
Collagen is a natural support protein that adds strength and shape to skin, tendons and other structural elements of the human body. The collagen substitutes for the grafted gum tissue in traditional flap techniques.
Discomfort, swelling and bleeding are very minimal. Patients usually use over the counter analgesics briefly after the procedures. They also report that the procedure was faster (about an hour for several teeth) and more comfortable than they imagined. They resume their normal activities at work and home right away. Plus, results are dramatic-looking and lasting.
Preventing Gum Disease
Gum disease is more than a cosmetic issue. The CDC in Atlanta estimates that half of Americans over the age of 30 suffer from some form of it. This prevalent oral health condition causes:
- bad breath
- pus at the gum line
- red, puffy gums that bleed while brushing and flossing
- tooth mobility
- tooth loss
- systemic health problems such as diabetes, stroke, heart attack, dementia and rheumatoid arthritis
Good oral hygiene at home and professional, hygienic cleanings with Dr. Solich, Dr. Orban and their staff keep gums healthy as does hydration and a nutritious diet.
Questioning your gum health?
Don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Greg Solich for the latest information and an accurate evaluation of your gum health. Rest assured he has the expertise and experience to address any problems. Ask about his practice of Pinhole Surgery Technique.
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