Lethbridge Dental Surgical Suites offers Pinhole® Surgical Technique, also known as Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation ™ it is a scalpel-free, suture-free, graft-free, minimally invasive technique for correcting gum recession and saving teeth. The procedure begins with a small hole made by a needle, specially designed instruments are then used to gently loosen the gum tissue and glide it over the receded part of the tooth. Since there is no cutting or stitching, patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms (pain, swelling and bleeding). Gum recession is the process in which the margin of the gum tissue that protects the teeth wears away, or pulls back, exposing the root of the tooth. When gum recession occurs, “pockets” or gaps form between the teeth and gum line, therefore, making it easy for disease causing bacteria to build up and destroy teeth. If left untreated, the supporting tissue and bone structures of the teeth can be severely damaged and may result in tooth loss and even serious health consequences. Do not ignore gum recession! Early detection and treatment is essential to maintaining overall health and saving teeth. Give us a call today to book your FREE consultation at 1-800-522-8053.

Bone grafting is a fairly simple procedure done under local anesthetic, or we may recommend IV sedation.The grafting material is harvested or prepared for insertion. Then a small incision is made in the gum, which is gently separated from the bone to allow the grafting material to be inserted.

Common types of bone grafting include:

  • Autogenous: uses bone taken from your body (pelvis, chin, molar, jaw areas) which is then grafted into your mouth.
  • Allograft: uses synthetic bone or material from a bone bank.
  • Xenograft: uses cow bone, eliminating the need for a secondary donor site.

Bone grafting may be the best option for restoring the jawbone to allow for:

  • Dental implants: grafting strengthens weak areas of your jawbone to allow implants to be firmly anchored.
  • Sinus lift: bone is grafted onto the sinus to raise the sinus membrane, again to allow for secure placement of implants.
  • Ridge augmentation: trauma, birth defects or severe periodontal disease can cause ridges in the jawbone; grafting fills in the ridge and creates a uniform shape.
  • Nerve repositioning: occasionally with implants, the nerve that allows feeling in your lower chin and lip must be moved, sometimes requiring a bone graft.