What Are Pinhole® Gum Grafts?

pinhole gum graftsGum grafts are a common recourse for restoring periodontal tissue that has become irreversibly damaged or infected, or that has receded significantly and exposed your vulnerable teeth roots. As part of our continued dedication to providing advanced services and techniques that make your care more comfortable and effective, Dr. Kania is now certified to provide Pinhole® gum grafts using the advanced PST® (Pinhole Surgical Technique) developed by Dr. John Chao. In many cases, pinhole surgery allows us to reestablish your periodontal health with no sutures, and a significantly shorter healing period.

When Gums Recede

Gum recession is a rather common phenomenon that can occur gradually as you grow older, or more quickly as  trauma, gingivitis and gum disease begin to develop. It describes the separation of your gums from the roots of your teeth, which exposes the roots. Through gum graft treatment, we can restore the protective layer of tissue to once again protect your teeth roots, reduce your risk of gum disease, and improve the look of your smile.

PST® vs. Traditional Gum Graft Surgery

Traditional gum grafts involve grafting donor tissue from another area (such as the palate or roof of your mouth) onto the damaged area of your gum tissues. Though not an especially-difficult process, gum graft surgery can be a bit invasive, and you will likely require sutures afterwards.

By contrast, the Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) involves creating a miniscule hole in the tissues with a small needle, rather than an incision with a scalpel. Through the small hole, or pinhole, Dr. Kania can maneuver specialized equipment to carefully reposition your gum tissues, utilizing a medicated collagen application to promote gum healing and reattachment. Without an incision, healing is simpler, quicker, and more comfortable, and minimal bleeding means a significantly lower risk of infection and complications.  Contact Dr. Kania for an evaluation to see if you are a candidate for the Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST).


To learn how to keep your teeth and gums healthy for life, subscribe to this blog, and visit Dr. Kania for a consultation. As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Ann Kania is specially qualified to diagnose and treat issues concerning periodontal tissue and the supportive structures of a patient’s smile, as well as place dental implants to restore teeth lost to dental disease or trauma. We now also offer the Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) for minimally-invasive, scalpel-free gum grafting. To seek Dr. Kania’s expertise, visit our office or contact us today at (760) 642-0711.