What is PST™ Gum Surgery?

• Corrects gum recession caused by periodontal disease and other factors
• No cutting or stitching required
• Minimal pain, bleeding, and swelling compared to tissue grafting
• Fast recovery time
• Achieve a new gum line in one office visit
• Treat multiple teeth in one procedure

The Pinhole Procedure

Causes of Gum Recession

There are many factors that can cause gum recession. Some of these factors include:

  • Periodontal disease
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Aggressive tooth brushing
  • Inadequate or insufficient preventive care
  • Hormal fluctuations caused by puberty, pregnancy or menopause
  • Teeth grinding or clenching
  • Crooked teeth or a misaligned bite
  • Body piercing in the lip or tongue


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PST™ is a Gentler Gum Recession Treatment

The Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™) is a fast, minimally invasive corrective surgery for receding gums in the Pensacola, FL region and Dr. David Williams is one of a few periodontists trained to perform it. 

People experience receding gums for many different reasons. Periodontal disease is the leading cause when left untreated because the bacteria that cause this condition continue to grow and will destroy gum tissue and bone until the tooth roots are exposed. At this point, the teeth start to change in appearance and may look larger or oddly shaped. They may also feel sensitive.

For patients who have had their periodontal disease treated and a scalpel was used, the chances are good that the procedure also caused some recession. Scalpel surgery, along with certain orthodontic procedures, can cause recession as well. Other common reasons that patients have receding gums are family history, medications, hormones, and brushing too hard.

PST™ is the Preferred Way to Correct Gum Recession Today

PST™ is a faster, minimally invasive corrective surgery developed and patented by Dr. John Chao, D.D.S. Today, leading periodontists are using it because it delivers promising results in less time and with reduced pain for the patient. Traditional gum surgery entails cutting soft tissue from the mouth or obtaining it from tissue banks and suturing it to the gum line to make it longer.

With PST™, Dr. Williams uses a tool to make a small “pinhole” in the receding gum area, loosens the tissue that is there, and then pulls it over the exposed tooth roots. Unlike with grafting, Dr. Williams can treat as many areas as necessary because it does not cause excessive pain, bleeding, or swelling. Results are faster, too. Patients can expect to see a healthier, more attractive gum line the same day, and no stiches or lengthy healing time are required.

If periodontal disease or other factors have made your gum line smaller and less attractive in Pensacola, FL, Dr. Williams can fix it with newer technology that works faster than traditional grafting and is only minimally invasive. Call or contact our office today so we can make an appointment for you!