Pinhole Surgical Technique

Porsch Dental

Cosmetic Dentistry & Restorative Dentistry located in Richardson, TX

Every year, millions of American suffer from gum recession — the condition in which the gum surrounding your teeth starts to wear away. J. Brian Porsch, DDS, at Porsch Dental offers patients living in North Garland, Texas, cutting-edge Pinhole® surgical treatments to help gum recession. Get in touch with the office today by phone or online to find out more about gum recession treatments.

Pinhole Surgical Technique Q & A

What is Pinhole gum surgery?

Pinhole gum surgery is a surgical intervention that treats gum recession without the use of gum grafting and sutures. It’s a quick, minimally invasive procedure.

What is gum recession?

Gum recession refers to a kind of gum disease that makes your gums pull away from the surface of your teeth.

Gum recession is a serious condition that requires immediate treatment. The longer you wait for treatment, the more tissue you lose.

Some of the most common symptoms of gum recession include, but are not limited to:

  • Tooth instability
  • Shrinking gum
  • Continuous gum pain
  • Swelling and redness in the gums
  • Exposed roots
  • Bleeding while brushing and flossing


If you think you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, get in touch with Porsch Dental immediately for expert treatment.

How does the Pinhole Surgical Technique work?

The Pinhole surgery technique typically involves a combination of two periodontal procedures:

Coronally positioned flaps

Coronally positioned flaps refers to the creation of a small incision in the area between the gum tissue and the tooth. The incision allows Dr. Porsch to create an adjustable flap that he can pull coronally and suture into place.

Guided bone regeneration

The aforementioned flap then serves an integral function in orientating the growth of gum and bone tissue in the treatment site. Dr. Porsch then creates a small pinhole in the recession area and elevates the flap he’s just created.

Dr. Porsch then inserts collagen strips in the pinhole to stimulate your body’s healing process and to support the new tissue.

This procedure is very quick. In fact, it’s often called a lunchtime gum lift.

What are the benefits of Pinhole gum surgery?

Pinhole gum surgery’s primary benefit is it’s a great alternative to traditional grafting techniques, which involve a more intensive surgical intervention.

Gum grafting procedures typically treat one issue at a time because you need to let your mouth heal after each graft. A full mouth reconstruction or a gum recession treatment can take several sessions to yield conclusive results.

Pinhole gum surgery, on the other hand, can address many issues in a single session.

Don’t let your receding gums create more damage than they already have. Contact the team at Porsch Dental today by phone or online to learn more about the Pinhole Surgical Technique.