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Pinhole Tissue Graft Procedure

Many patients are living with receding gums. Called “gingival recession,” this problem is treated with various techniques. One of the most effective methods to be developed is our Pasadena pinhole tissue graft.

Pinhole Tissure Graft Pasadena

What is the Pinhole Tissue Graft procedure?

While gum grafting has been performed for years, the procedure required many appointments, involved pain and swelling, and could be hard on a patient. The Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) is far less invasive and does not involve the grafting tissue, scalpels, surgical wounds or stitches. This procedure makes it possible to reposition the gum tissue with the use of collagen membrane strips. The material in the collagen membrane has been used for many years, and is known to be safe for patients.

Receding Gums Resolved.

People can have receding gums for various reasons, including the use of certain medications, orthodontic treatment, and gum disease. As the gums recede, the root of the tooth is exposed which can lead to discomfort and teeth that appear longer and less attractive. Resolving this problem can be of paramount concern, both to the patient and our dentist. At Pasadena Smile Center, we are dedicated to staying current with the latest developments in holistic dentistry and can help you with this fast, minimally-invasive treatment.

What are the benefits of PST (pinhole tissue graft)?

The collagen membrane is placed through the pinhole and functions to immediately elevate gum tissue, covering the exposed root. For a fast, effective, and far less invasive treatment to restore appearance and function of receding gums, the PST procedure provides many important benefits to patients, including:

  • Minimally invasive
  • No bleeding
  • No swelling
  • No pain
  • No sutures
  • No incisions
  • Multiple areas can be treated in one appointment
  • A more aesthetic smile with exposed roots resolved
Pasadena Pinhole Tissure Graft

Pinhole Graft Treatment vs. Standard Gum Graft Procedure

The earlier standard procedure involved cutting a graft from the palate and then taking that natural material and attaching it with stitches to the area, leaving two areas with surgical wounds that require healing. To perform the procedure requires several hours and only one or two teeth can be treated at a time, with a recovery period of about two weeks before other areas can be addressed. The pinhole graft procedure does not involve removing material from the palate creating an open wound, or any sutures or a painful recovery time. The tiny pinhole produced in the procedure shrinks quickly, and typically disappears by the next day.

Gum Disease and the Pinhole Graft Procedure

The pinhole graft procedure restores gums to the natural gum line, but does not resolve gum disease. If you currently suffer from gum disease, your first step is to treat the condition. Once resolved, we can move forward to restore your gums with this fast, effective, and non-invasive treatment. Rather than needing many appointments, we can treat many teeth in one appointment, often all the teeth that have exposed roots.

Pinhole Surgical Technique for Gums in Pasadena, CA

We invite you to connect with us and find out more about PST gum treatment – before you consider undergoing traditional gum grafting surgery. We can save you the time and stress associated with grafting and restore your gums in one easy appointment. Contact us today for one of the best procedures of pinhole tissue grafting Pasadena has to offer.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Due to the increased health concerns regarding COVID-19, we are now scheduling Virtual Consultations.

The virtual consultation can help answer questions, provide guidance and help ease your mind. This is an area recently approved by the American Dental Association. During this process you become a patient of our dental practice by filling out new patient forms. This process is to familiarize the doctor with your Medical and Dental history which will be reviewed before your virtual appointment. The insurance portion will be used for billing purposes.

Depending on your needs you can schedule for one of the two types of consultation


1. Limited Visual Consultation: Limited to one tooth or one area of concern. (10minutes)

2. General Visual Consultation: Answers to your questions to more than one area of concern. (20 minutes)

What we need from you prior to your Consultation time:

1. X-rays that you have from previous dentists up to five years old.

2. Pictures of the area taken by your smart phone from different angles. Take as many from different views as possible. Including pictures of your smile and bite. We have found using your flash on your phone and focusing will help.

Virtual Consultation