Advantages of PST™ vs. Gum Grafting to Correct Gum Recession

When assessing your smile, there are several factors that can make you look older than you are, such as stained or misshapen teeth, missing teeth, and gum recession. Gum recession is an erosion of the periodontal tissue, which causes more of the tooth surface to be exposed, and is typically the result of gum disease. Previously, if you wanted to correct your receding gums in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, a periodontist would perform traditional gum grafting, a method of surgically transferring donor tissue from one area of the mouth to another. With the Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST™), Dr. Tom McCawley restores gum tissue without the need for scalpels, incisions, or sutures.

Main Benefits of PST™ as Compared to Gum Grafting

  • PST™ utilizes the periodontal tissue that you already have, but unlike gum grafting, PST™ does not require that the donor tissue be removed and stitched to a new location. Your doctor will use a special tool to loosen your connective tissue and gently pull the gum tissue to a more desirable position on the tooth.
  • With PST™, you get a dramatically improved smile in a single session that offers immediate results. Gum grafting, on the other hand, requires a longer recovery period while the new tissue integrates with the existing tissue. In some cases, multiple grafting sessions are necessary due to the need for donor tissue.
  • Both methods allow your doctor to safely and effectively treat receding gums in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. However, PST™ patients report less swelling, bleeding, and discomfort.

Patients who wish to restore the health of their gums and improve their appearance, turn to Dr. McCawley for PST™. This advanced, minimally invasive treatment can replace lost gum tissue in a single visit. Call our office to schedule your consultation with our skilled periodontist who can determine whether you are a good candidate for this procedure.


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