Pinhole Surgical Technique Specialist

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Stockton, CA

Pinhole Surgical Technique

Maybe you’ve noticed that your gums seem to be disappearing. Perhaps your teeth are more sensitive than they used to be. Or maybe, your dentist diagnosed you with receding gums at your last appointment. Gum tissue grafting isn’t your only treatment option if you have receding gums. Stephen Nozaki, DDS, MPH, DIDIA, and his team at Image Dental specialize in the Pinhole® surgical technique — a minimally invasive treatment without incisions or stitches — to restore healthy gum tissue. Call the office in Stockton, California, or request an appointment online today.

Do I have receding gums?

Gums are the soft, pink tissue that surrounds your teeth. Healthy gums gently hug the base of each tooth, protecting it from bacteria and decay, but gum recession is a dental condition that occurs when gums shrink back or wear away.

Receding gums develop over time, usually due to a combination of aggressive tooth-brushing, genetics, and aging. Eventually, recession leaves sensitive tooth roots exposed.

You may have receding gums if you notice:

  • Teeth beginning to appear longer
  • Space between teeth growing wider
  • Increased sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks

Gum recession is a common problem among adults of all ages, but it can be treated. Dr. Nozaki and the Image Dental team specialize in the Pinhole® surgical technique to treat receding gums. 

What is the Pinhole surgical technique for gum recession?

The Pinhole technique utilizes the gum tissue you still have to recover exposed parts of your teeth. It’s a minimally invasive method that offers a range of benefits over traditional treatment options like gum tissue grafting.

During Pinhole surgery, Dr. Nozaki and the team use a small needle to make a tiny hole in your gum tissue. Then, using specialized tools, they loosen your gum tissue and gently glide it back over your teeth.

There’s no cutting or stitching required, and the Pinhole technique delivers instant cosmetic improvements. Most people need just one treatment session to restore more healthy gum tissue.

What are the benefits of the Pinhole surgical technique?

The Pinhole surgical technique is a minimally invasive procedure that doesn’t rely on tissue grafting to treat gum recession. It’s an effective method that preserves gum tissue and protects your teeth for years to come.

A few of the most significant benefits of the Pinhole technique are:

  • No scalpel
  • No sutures
  • No tissue grafting
  • Less blood loss
  • Minimal discomfort
  • Long-lasting results

When you choose the Pinhole technique, you can expect fewer post-operative symptoms like pain and swelling. The pinholes typically heal within 24 hours after surgery, and you can return to your usual activities within about 48 hours.

Don’t ignore the signs of gum recession. Schedule an exam with Dr. Nozaki to find out if you’re a candidate for the Pinhole surgical technique. Book online or call the office today.