Pinhole® Surgical Technique

The Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive surgical technique for gum recession treatments. Unlike traditional gum grafting surgery, the pinhole surgical technique does not include incision or stitches. You will not require return appointments to remove sutures or need to worry about disrupting sutures when eating or drinking.

The procedure is short and comfortable. The Pinhole surgical technique can be used to treat more than one tooth at once. As many as 10-14 teeth can be treated in one session. Since the surgery is so non-invasive, the results are immediate and the results are seen very quickly. Following the procedure, your gums will look healthy and natural. Minor swelling may occur but most patients report a full recovery within a few days of the procedure and can eat and drink normally following the surgery.

The Process

During the pinhole surgery, a tiny incision the size of a pinhole will be made above the teeth affected by the gum recession. Special tools are inserted into this hole and are used to gently push the tissue down towards the natural gumline. Small collagen strips are placed inside the incision to encourage healing and keep the gum tissue in place. It’s that simple! There are no additional incisions or grafts.

If you have experienced gum recession, make an appointment with Dr. Burt for a consultation to find out if the pinhole surgical technique is the right treatment for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gumline. This can occur as a result of periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, advanced periodontitis), the natural aging process, or abrasive habits when it comes to brushing the teeth.

When gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed. This means that tooth decay and other problems can affect the teeth along the gumline and beneath it. Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is important for lasting dental wellness.

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST is incision and suture free. All of the tools and techniques used to perform the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique were created by Dr. John Chao, and who trained our doctor.

Traditional gum recession treatments involve the use of donor tissue or soft tissue grafts in order to rebuild the gumline. This soft tissue would be sutured in place and would join with existing gum tissue as it healed. While this traditional grafting treatment is effective, comparable results with better patient experience can be achieved through the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique.

During the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, a needle is used to make a small hole in the patient’s existing gum tissue. Through this pinhole, special instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue. These tools help expand and slide the gumline to cover the exposed root structure. There are no grafts, no sutures, and no incisions needed with the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. It simply involves the adjustment of the existing tissue

The benefits of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique are many:

• Less discomfort for the patient after treatment
• Faster recovery for the patient than traditional grafting
• No need for uncomfortable sutures
• No need for scalpels or invasive surgical tools
• No need to take donor tissue from the patient’s palate
• Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results