Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Dentistry Calgary NE

Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST®)

Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation

What is Gum Recession?

Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gum line. It is one of those conditions that are associated with getting older and people who have noticeable gum recession are said to be, ‘long in the tooth’. It is a common dental problem and many people do not know they have it because it occurs gradually. The first sign of gum recession is usually tooth sensitivity or you may notice teeth that look longer than normal.


Causes of Gum Recession

  • periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, advanced periodontitis)
  • orthodontic treatment
  • lip piercings
  • the natural aging process
  • aggressive or improper tooth brushing technique
  • tooth grinding

Why should gum recession be taken seriously?

Gum recession causes deterioration of your teeth as well as your smile. When gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed. Root surfaces are much more susceptible to tooth brush abrasion and acid erosion. Tooth decay and other problems can affect the teeth along the gum line and beneath it. If left untreated, the supporting tissue and bone structures of the teeth can be severely damaged and can ultimately result in chronic infections and tooth loss. Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is important for lasting dental wellness.

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST), also known as Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™, is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST is incision and suture free. Traditional treatment for gum recession involves removing gum tissue from the roof of a patient’s mouth using a scalpel and then grafting that tissue to the area of where the gums are receding. This process is painful and requires a longer period of recovery – roughly three weeks – because of the need for sutures at the excision site.

Dr. Laura Brescia loves having the ability to provide PST in our office. Through a small hole made by a needle, specially designed instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue, glide it over the receded part of the tooth, and then stabilize it with collagen. Since there is no cutting or stitching, patients can expect minimal post-operative discomfort. By the day after the procedure, the pinhole entry point is usually no longer visible. There is no downtime associated with pinhole gum rejuvenation, and patients can typically resume their normal daily activities right away (excluding working out and strenuous activities). There may be some minor swelling in the treatment area for several days, but that generally resolves on its own.

Top Benefits of the Pinhole procedure.

  • Can correct gum recession in as little as one treatment session
  • Restores health to the supporting structures of the teeth (gum and bone), stabilizing them and protecting them from cavities and bacterial invasion
  • Numerous teeth can be treated at one visit, saving money and time
  • Minimal discomfort and swelling in most cases because the method is scalpel-free, suture-free and graft-free
  • Can prevent tooth loss and the need for other costly procedures such as implants or dentures.
  • Prevents the need for more invasive fillings around the gum line, which become quite common with age
  • Treatment sessions can be completed in as little as one hour in many cases
  • Done in our office by Dr. Laura Brescia, so no need to refer to a specialist, saving you time and money
  • Can enhance a more youthful and attractive smile
  • Faster recovery than traditional grafting
  • No need to take donor tissue from the patient’s palate
  • Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results

What does PST Cost?

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique cost is comparable to traditional gum grafting procedures. In fact, the overall cost can be less expensive because we can treat multiple teeth during a single treatment. It involves no incisions, minimal discomfort, and minimal recovery time, which is why more and more patients are choosing this procedure over the traditional approach. We have been finding that most insurance plans are covering a portion of this procedure. Dr. Brescia is happy to provide free consultations to determine a treatment plan with cost and to determine if you would be a good candidate for the procedure.


The unique features of the Pinhole ® Surgical Technique have aroused international interest in the media. Over 240 TV stations around the world have featured this revolutionary, minimally invasive technique for treating a problem that is found in half of the U.S. population (JADA, 2003). The Pinhole ® Surgical Technique has been featured on “The Doctors Show”, “Dr. Steve Show”, ”ABC", “NBC”, and over 240 other stations across the U.S. and Canada, reaching 10s of millions of views, and thus raising awareness. For this reason, you may have already heard about this breakthrough procedure for correcting receding gums and saving teeth. Patients are asking for this procedure and we are proud that Dr. Laura Brescia has been trained by Dr. Chao and is able to offer this procedure at Alpine Dental.

The Pinhole ® Surgical Technique was granted patents and trademarks on the method and instruments by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. Only a Pinhole ® Academy certified dentist can offer this technique. Please also see “The Pinhole ® Surgical Technique, A Novel Approach to Root Coverage”, published in the October 2012 issue of The International Journal of periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, a prestigious and well regarded, peer-reviewed journal (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2012; 32:521-531).

Instrument Patent No. US 8, 007,278,B2
Method: Patent No. US 8,202,092,B2

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