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Pinhole Grafting

An Alternative to Traditional Grafting in Columbia, SC

Thank you for looking into McKenzie Periodontics for your periodontal treatment. Our practice utilizes a variety of treatments to assist each patient’s gum matters individually. As a result, patients from surrounding areas such as Lexington, Blythewood, and more, come to our Columbia office to receive high quality care. With our treatment plans performed by specialist, Dr. Gregg W. McKenzie, your procedure will go safely and smoothly to create a lasting impact and a healthy smile that you can share with the world.

What is Pinhole Grafting?

Pinhole grafting is an easy solution to gum recession. When a patient experiences gum recession, the tooth becomes more easily exposed to plaque and bacteria. Therefore, it is important to correct this condition in order to prevent infections.

Pinhole grafting is the process by which a patient’s gums are surgically restructured to cover the exposed base of the tooth. Some of the benefits of Pinhole Grafting include, but are not limited to:

  • Less discomfort & faster recuperation for the patient after treatment
  • No stitches
  • No scalpels will be used
  • No need to take tissue from the patient’s palate
  • Results look natural and are long-lasting
  • Little to no medication is needed during the recovery process

How Does Pinhole Grafting Differ From Traditional Methods?

Traditional gum recession treatments involve the use of donor tissue or soft tissue grafts stitched above the problem area in order to rebuild the gum line. This traditional process has been known to have a labored recovery for the patient that is often found to be uncomfortable.

Unlike the traditional grafting process, pinhole grafting does not require extensive surgery and/or stitches. No donor tissue is needed from the patient and the recovery process is very minimal. While the traditional grafting technique is effective, comparable results with better patient experience can be achieved through the pinhole grafting technique.

The Pinhole Process

During the pinhole grafting procedure, a small needle is used to make a 0.1 inch pinhole incision into the gum tissue located above the affected area. These instruments help expand and reposition the gum line, allowing Dr. McKenzie to gently reposition and restructure the gum tissue into proper alignment. After the gums have been corrected, a special collagen is inserted into the tissues to give proper structure and form. The process will take 30-45 minutes and the recovery process, while barely noticeable, will take around three weeks.

To further visualize this process, below is a video describing the procedure.

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We appreciate you taking the time to read about our services. If you have any questions regarding our procedures, please do not hesitate to contact us.

If you believe Pinhole Grafting is the right procedure for you, please call us to schedule a consultation today. We look forward to hearing from you soon!