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A Novel Approach to Root Coverage: The Pinhole Surgical Technique A Novel Approach to Root Coverage: The Pinhole Surgical Technique

Author(s):

John C. Chao, DDS

Date Added:

4/30/2015


Summary:

Free connective tissue graft techniques are currently considered the most predictable surgical method for root coverage. However, morbidity associated with secondary graft sites has generated interest in other methods. The purpose of this study was to investigate the feasability of a novel surgical approach to root coverage: the pinhole surgical technique (PST). The retrospective study examined the results of PST used for 43 consecutive patients on 121 recession sites, of which 85 were Class I or II and 36 were Class III. The documented results indicate that PST holds promise as a minimally invasive, predictable, effective, and time and cost-effective method for obtaining optimal patient-based outcomes.

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