Frequently Asked Questions about the Pinhole Surgical Technique™

What is gum recession? What causes it?

Gum recession involves the loss of tissue along the gumline. The natural aging process, periodontal (gum) disease, and aggressive brushing are common causes for receding gums.

What is the Pinhole Surgical Technique™?

The Pinhole Surgical Technique®, also referred to as Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™, is an advanced procedure that can restore your gumline. A special surgical tool is inserted into the affected gum tissue through a small, pin-sized hole. Then, our dentist, Dr. Edward Shukovsky, uses the instrument to carefully and strategically lower the receding gums over any exposed tooth roots.

How is the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ different from a conventional gum graft?

Traditional gum grafting involves taking tissue from another area of your mouth and suturing it onto the gums to treat gum recession. As the area heals, the donor tissue joins together with the existing tissue. With the Pinhole Technique™, patients have achieved similar results with much less invasive surgery, less discomfort, and less downtime.

What happens if gum recession goes untreated?

Without treatment, tooth roots can eventually become exposed because of receding gum tissue. This can cause damage or decay beneath the gumline, leading to potential tooth and/or bone loss.

Is the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ painful?

Our experienced dentist will numb the gums before the procedure so there should be little to no pain felt during treatment.

Will my results last?

This procedure can help restore the health of your gums and improve the appearance of your smile. Results are typically long-lasting and can be prolonged with good oral hygiene routines and regular dental check-ups.

What is the recovery process like after the Pinhole Surgical Technique™?

There is typically very little recovery time necessary after treatment with the Pinhole Surgical Technique™. In many cases, patients feel back to normal within hours. It is not uncommon for patients to eat and drink shortly after the procedure without excessive discomfort.

Contact Us

To learn more about the Pinhole Surgical Technique®, please contact the practice of Edward Shukovsky, D.M.D. We can answer any questions you may have about the procedure and arrange a consultation to determine whether you are a candidate for Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™.