Pinhole Surgical Technique™: A Minimally-Invasive Alternative for Treating Gum Recession

Gum recession is a common dental problem that occurs when the gum tissue surrounding the teeth pulls back and exposes the roots of the teeth. This can lead to a range of dental problems, including tooth decay, tooth loss, and sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. Traditional surgical treatments to correct gum recession can be time-consuming, painful, and require a lengthy recovery period. Fortunately, there is a minimally-invasive alternative known as the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ (PST™). In this blog, we will explore what PST™ is, how it differs from traditional surgical treatments, its benefits, and potential risks and considerations.

Traditional surgical treatments for gum recession involve making incisions in the gingival tissue and grafting it from another area of the mouth, or using synthetic materials to cover the exposed root surface. However, these procedures can cause discomfort, bleeding, swelling, and a lengthy recovery period. PST™, on the other hand, is a minimally-invasive alternative that involves creating a small pinhole in the gum tissue, using specialized instruments to loosen the tissue and move it down to cover the exposed root surface. This procedure does not require sutures, incisions, or a lengthy recovery period.

One of the main advantages of PST™ is that it is less invasive than traditional surgical treatments, leading to reduced pain, swelling, and discomfort during and after the procedure. Patients can return to work and other normal activities the same day. PST™ also provides improved aesthetics, as it can restore the natural contour of the gum line and reduce the appearance of long teeth. Additionally, PST™ is less risky, as it avoids the potential complications associated with traditional surgical treatments, such as infection and bleeding.

Research studies have shown that PST™ is a safe and effective treatment for gum recession. In a clinical study of 43 patients, PST™ was found to produce significant improvements in gum recession and attachment levels, with no major complications or adverse effects reported.

One of the main benefits of PST™ is that it improves the overall health of the gums, reducing the risk of tooth decay and tooth loss. As the gum tissue recedes, the roots of the teeth become exposed and vulnerable to decay and infection. PST™ helps to cover the roots and protect them from further damage. It also reduces the sensitivity of the roots to hot and cold temperatures, making it easier to enjoy food and beverages.

Risks and Considerations of PST™ include the potential for infection, bleeding, and discomfort. However, these risks can be minimized by following proper oral hygiene practices before and after the procedure, such as brushing and flossing regularly and avoiding smoking or using tobacco products. It is also important to follow any post-operative instructions provided by the dental professional, which may include scheduling follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing.


The Pinhole Surgical Technique™ provides a minimally-invasive alternative to traditional surgical treatments for gum recession. Its benefits include improved aesthetics, reduced pain and swelling, faster recovery time, and improved gum health. PST™ is a safe and effective treatment with low risks and complications when the proper precautions are taken. If you are suffering from gum recession, consult with a dental professional to see if PST™ is a suitable option for you. By addressing gum recession, you can improve your overall dental health and well-being, and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile for years to come.

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Mariaelena Carrillo
Everyone is very friendly and understanding! I got my wisdom teeth removed from this location and I wasn’t feeling too good after and they helped watch over me and next thing you know I’m feeling way better after a few minutes of their help!:) I come back in for my checkup appointment and they were super helpful with any questions I had and the healing process went smoothly!
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Dr Lu is an excellent periodontist. He doesn’t believe in giving a patient too many medications when they are not necessary. He really cares about his patients. He makes sure to keep the patient’s teeth and gums clean to prevent any serious gum disease. I am one of his patients and highly recommend him. The members of his office staff and assistants are very professional.
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The clinic recommended by a friend specializing in the treatment of periodontal disease provided me with satisfactory service from the appointment to the post-operative period. Dr. Lu is very professional,he’s so considerate and gently answered my questions, he also taught me how to take care of my teeth every day. The front desk and the dental assistant are very warm and polite too.
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Small office, but very cozy and friendly. This is my first visit. I am very much impressed by Dr. Lu's professionalism and expert knowledge. He did a thorough examination and explained treatment options in easy-to-understand language. I feel very comfortable and well treated. I definitely would come back and recommend to others.
Farhat Farooqui
I was nervous before my tooth extraction and grafting procedure, but I knew I was in good hands with Dr Sheldon Lu and his staff. Dr Lu’s expertise and gentleness, and his staff’s efficiency and genuine concern for the patients made the surgical experience as pleasant as such a procedure can be. I would recommend Iconic Periodontics 100% to anyone. Thank you, Dr Lu and staff!
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From the first point of contact on the phone I knew IPDI was a great place. After meeting Dr. Sheldon Lu, it was clear we’d found a gem. Dr Sheldon Lu and his team are professional, genuinely kind, caring and confident. You feel like not only have you met a great dentist, but made a new friend. Dr. Sheldon Lu is an honest dentist who instills trust in his patients by being upfront and genuine. I appreciate each staff member as well. Kind, clear and positive people work here.
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