Pinhole Surgical Technique Specialist

Ueno Center Dental Specialists -  - Board Certified Periodontist

Ueno Center Dental Specialists

Board Certified Periodontists & Dental Implant Surgeons located in Campbell, CA

When you have significant gum recession, the revolutionary Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST)™ offers a minimally invasive approach to treatment and improved oral health. The highly trained and experienced team at Ueno Center Dental Specialists provides this simple, scalpel-free method to men and women in Campbell, California, and the surrounding areas. To schedule a consultation, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Pinhole Surgical Technique Q & A

What is the Pinhole Surgical Technique?

The Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) is a specialized, minimally invasive procedure developed by John Chao, DDS, that’s used to treat gum recession. Featured in the International Journal of Periodontics, PST is a simple and scalpel-free approach to improving your oral health.

The periodontists at Ueno Center Dental Specialists are extensively trained in the PST technique. To perform it, your periodontist makes a small hole in areas where you have receding gums. They add a donor soft tissue to stabilize the area. The Pinhole Surgical Technique improves your oral health and protects your overall wellness by strengthening and restoring a healthy gum line. 


What causes gum recession?

The most common cause of gum recession is gum disease or periodontal disease. Other causes include:

  • Insufficient tooth brushing
  • Overly aggressive tooth brushing with an abrasive toothpaste
  • Side effects of certain medications
  • Tooth or root anatomy

 You may also have gum recession if you’ve had orthodontic treatments or oral appliances such as braces or a retainer. You are at higher risk for gum recession as you age, if you have diabetes, or if you smoke. 

Whatever the underlying cause, PST can help restore the integrity of your gum line and protect from complications of receded gums, such as abscess and tooth and bone loss. 

What are the traditional treatments for gum recession? 

Traditionally, gum recession treatment involves a tissue graft. Tissue grafts involving suturing connective tissue harvested from different places of the mouth to supplement areas of recession. 

While often quite effective, this treatment method has drawbacks, including two to three weeks of recovery time, pain, increased risk for infection, and multiple incision sites. The graft site may also look different than surrounding gum tissue, as donated tissue may have a different color or texture. 

What are the benefits of the Pinhole Surgical Technique?

In contrast to traditional gum recession treatments, the Pinhole Surgical Technique offers benefits such as: 

  • Minimally invasive
  • No incisions
  • Reduced bleeding, swelling, and pain
  • Near-immediate cosmetic improvement
  • Minimal recovery time

An added benefit of PST is that your periodontist may treat multiple areas of recession during one visit. This means your course of treatment may be easier, and you’ll see an improvement in your gum recession faster than you would otherwise.

To see if the Pinhole Surgical Technique can help treat your gum recession, call the office or schedule an appointment online with Ueno Center Dental Specialists today.