Gum Grafting vs Pinhole Surgical Technique

Faster Results with The Pinhole Surgical Technique™: A Gum Grafting Alternative in Indianapolis

Traditionally, those who suffered from gum recession had to undergo gum grafting to reverse the effects. Gum grafting is an invasive surgery that involves transferring gum tissue from one area of the mouth to the affected site. Gum grafting typically requires scalpels and sutures.

Fortunately, at Indianapolis Dental, we use a technologically advanced procedure to help treat gum recession. This innovative treatment is known as the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST). Pinhole Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive procedure that can restore your gums with minimal discomfort and downtime.

With PST, existing gum lines are raised or lowered to desired levels with the aid of unique dental tools. Instead of using a scalpel, Dr. Behner will create an opening in your gum tissue with a small needle. Then, with specially designed dental instruments, Dr. Behner will loosen your gum tissue until it slides over the tooth root, ultimately reversing gum recession.

Benefits of the PST™ Gum Grafting Alternative in Fishers, IN

No incisions or sutures

PST doesn’t require the use of scalpels or stitches, so there shouldn’t be any particularly sore spots. No longer will you need to worry about your sutures coming undone!

Instant results

With PST, you should be able to see an immediate difference in your smile. Your gums and teeth should look more proportionate after undergoing PST.

Fast Recovery

Without a surgical wound or incisions to care for, PST patients can enjoy a speedy recovery.

Multiple sites treated in one session

Grafting can only be performed on a limited number of teeth at one time. PST can be used on several teeth during a single session, making it more efficient.

Minimal surgical sites

Unlike grafting procedures, PST does not require a second surgical site for the collection of donor tissue. This helps reduce the recovery time of PST.

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In the long run, PST is much more cost-effective. The per-tooth cost of PST is similar to a gum graft. However, PST often involves doing more than one tooth at a time. This makes the cost of PST appear higher than a gum graft because more than one tooth is being treated.


Although PST involves less recovery time, there is some special maintenance required. With PST, you will have to wait 6 weeks before brushing the affected area. This is because the new graft is still fresh and trying to regenerate or reattach itself to your gums. Rest assured that Dr. Behner and his talented dental team will walk you through each step of the recovery and maintenance process to help you achieve ultimate success with your smile.

If you are interested in learning more about PST, contact our office in Fishers, Indiana. We can schedule you for a consultation with Dr. Behner to determine whether or not PST is best for you. We serve patients from all over the Indianapolis area, from Fishers to Carmel. Call us today!

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