The Pinhole® Surgical Technique

East Bentleigh Dental Group is the first in Melbourne and one of only a few dental clinics in Australia offering the breakthrough Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) for the treatment of gum recession. Unlike traditional gum grafting procedures, the PST involves no incisions, scalpels or sutures, resulting in less discomfort and a faster recovery for the patient.

IMG_6386The technique was created by cosmetic dentist Dr John Chao, who personally trained our dentist. We are now proud to pioneer the innovative technique here in Victoria for the benefit of our Melbourne patients.

Dr Maria Sole Bellamy has been working in Melbourne in private practice since 2005.

In 2016 she travelled to California to train with Dr John Chao, the creator of the Pinhole Surgical Technique, the minimally invasive, scalpel and suture free procedure for treating gum recession. She was the first dentist in Melbourne to offer the Pinhole Procedure. Since then, she has dedicated herself to the management and treatment of diverse factors that cause gum recession.

Dr Bellamy has completed large amount of cases treated with Pinhole Surgical Technique, and she is the only Australian dentist to have been awarded the title of Advanced Pinhole Clinician by the Pinhole Academy earlier this year.

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What Is Gum Recession?

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Gum recession is the process of gum tissue loss along the gum line, resulting in exposure of the teeth roots. When these roots are exposed, it’s easier for bacteria to build up in the gaps or ‘pockets’ left between the teeth and gum line. In addition to causing decay, this can also cause serious damage to the supporting tissue and bone structures of the teeth if left untreated, resulting in tooth loss.

Gum recession can be caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Periodontal diseases
  • Your genes
  • The ageing process
  • Abrasive brushing
  • Poor dental care
  • Hormonal changes
  • Lip or tongue piercings
  • Teeth grinding and jaw clenching

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How Does the Pinhole technique work?

Traditional gum recession treatments involve rebuilding the gum line using donor tissue or soft tissue grafts from the patient’s palate. These grafts then join with the patient’s existing gum tissue during the healing process.

On the other hand, the PST involves simply adjusting the gum tissue that is already there, making it much less invasive. First, we use a needle to make a small hole in the gum tissue. Special instruments are then inserted through this pinhole to gently loosen the tissue, helping us to expand and slide the gum line so it covers the exposed root structure. This means no sutures or incisions necessary.

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The Benefits

The PST has several major benefits for the patient, including:

  • Faster recovery
  • Less post-treatment discomfort
  • No uncomfortable sutures or invasive surgical tools
  • No donor tissue required
  • Natural-looking results that last

Book an Appointment Today

To discuss your suitability for the Pinhole® Surgical Technique, please contact East Bentleigh Dental Group via “contact us” form below, by phone, email or online booking form. Our dentist will then see you to discuss your concern, assess suitability for the procedure and determine the best way forward for your oral health.