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Pinhole Tissue Graft Procedure

Many patients are living with receding gums. Called “gingival recession,” this problem is treated with various techniques. One of the most effective methods to be developed is our Pasadena pinhole tissue graft.

Pinhole Tissure Graft Pasadena

What is the Pinhole Tissue Graft procedure?

While gum grafting has been performed for years, the procedure required many appointments, involved pain and swelling, and could be hard on a patient. The Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) is far less invasive and does not involve the grafting tissue, scalpels, surgical wounds or stitches. This procedure makes it possible to reposition the gum tissue with the use of collagen membrane strips. The material in the collagen membrane has been used for many years, and is known to be safe for patients.

Receding Gums Resolved.

People can have receding gums for various reasons, including the use of certain medications, orthodontic treatment, and gum disease. As the gums recede, the root of the tooth is exposed which can lead to discomfort and teeth that appear longer and less attractive. Resolving this problem can be of paramount concern, both to the patient and our dentist. At Pasadena Smile Center, we are dedicated to staying current with the latest developments in holistic dentistry and can help you with this fast, minimally-invasive treatment.

What are the benefits of PST (pinhole tissue graft)?

The collagen membrane is placed through the pinhole and functions to immediately elevate gum tissue, covering the exposed root. For a fast, effective, and far less invasive treatment to restore appearance and function of receding gums, the PST procedure provides many important benefits to patients, including:

  • Minimally invasive
  • No bleeding
  • No swelling
  • No pain
  • No sutures
  • No incisions
  • Multiple areas can be treated in one appointment
  • A more aesthetic smile with exposed roots resolved
Pasadena Pinhole Tissure Graft

Pinhole Graft Treatment vs. Standard Gum Graft Procedure

The earlier standard procedure involved cutting a graft from the palate and then taking that natural material and attaching it with stitches to the area, leaving two areas with surgical wounds that require healing. To perform the procedure requires several hours and only one or two teeth can be treated at a time, with a recovery period of about two weeks before other areas can be addressed. The pinhole graft procedure does not involve removing material from the palate creating an open wound, or any sutures or a painful recovery time. The tiny pinhole produced in the procedure shrinks quickly, and typically disappears by the next day.

Gum Disease and the Pinhole Graft Procedure

The pinhole graft procedure restores gums to the natural gum line, but does not resolve gum disease. If you currently suffer from gum disease, your first step is to treat the condition. Once resolved, we can move forward to restore your gums with this fast, effective, and non-invasive treatment. Rather than needing many appointments, we can treat many teeth in one appointment, often all the teeth that have exposed roots.

Pinhole Surgical Technique for Gums in Pasadena, CA

We invite you to connect with us and find out more about PST gum treatment – before you consider undergoing traditional gum grafting surgery. We can save you the time and stress associated with grafting and restore your gums in one easy appointment. Contact us today for one of the best procedures of pinhole tissue grafting Pasadena has to offer.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

May 2020

Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

  • All patients must wear a mask when entering the office.
  • Anyone accompanying you will be asked to wait in their vehicle.
  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • Upon arrival at your appointment your temperature will be taken for the safety of all staff and patients.
  • Prior to receiving treatment you will be asked to rinse with an antimicrobial for a minimum of 30 seconds
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • UV Air purifiers have been placed throughout the office.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time, so we ask that you do your best to be on time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at (626)798-7834 or visit our website at pasadenasmilecenter@yahoo.com.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.


Sincerely, Niloufar Molayem, D.D.S. & Team

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