What is pinhole surgery? – Brief Overview

Pinhole surgery or gum rejuvenation is an alternative to traditional gum surgery methods. It eliminates the need for conventional gum surgeries that need gum grafting. Pinhole surgery is a minimally invasive process performed by our gum specialists at Bangalore Dental Specialists. If you are wondering what is pinhole surgery, then hold on as we briefly discuss it in the information provided below- brought to you by Bangalore Dental Specialists

What is pinhole surgery? 

Pinhole surgery utilizes specialized tools to reposition the tissue over the tooth through a tiny hole made just above the tooth. The process is completed in a single sitting and has zero downtime. The treatment recovery is smooth and doesn’t require any major aftercare instructions. Pinhole surgery is an effective way to combat receding gums.

Why do gums recede?

Gingival recession or gums recession is the pulling back of the gum tissue away from the tooth. This pulling back of the gums exposes the roots, making them vulnerable to root caries and sensitivity. It is important to address gums recession early to prevent future complications.

What are the common causes of recession?

Aggressive brushing

The brushing technique plays an important role in determining the success of your oral health regime. Many people think vigorous brushing is effective. However, the results of vigorous brushing are actually detrimental and lead to damage to the teeth. Vigorous brushing also affects the gums and can lead to gum recession. Using a soft-bristled brush with the right technique is always suggested to avoid such harmful effects. 

Teeth grinding 

Clenching your teeth during sleep affects your teeth and can also harm your gums. Using an occlusal splint therapy is advisable to counteract it.


Misaligned teeth or abnormal positioning of the teeth can lead to gums recession. Excessive force on the gums can lead to the pulling back of the gums.

Gum disease

Maintaining good oral hygiene is an important part of maintaining gum health. Gum diseases develop when you don’t maintain proper brushing and flossing habits. Gums change color and can also lead to recession in the advanced stages of gum disease. 

Unique benefits of the Pinhole technique include:

  • Less gum tissue trauma, bleeding, and swelling
  • Minimally invasive
  • Comfortable procedure
  • No need for scalpels, cutting, sutures, or tissue grafts
  • High success rate
  • Long-term results
  • Multiple areas of gum recession are treated simultaneously

What is pinhole surgery? – Procedure

The process starts with the clinical evaluation with our gum experts at Bangalore Dental Specialists. The whole procedure is painless and carried out under local anesthesia.

Small Hole Creation

We will make a small hole in the gum tissue, usually with a needle. 

Gum Tissue Loosening

Gum tissue is loosened gently through this pinhole using special instruments

Repositioning of Gums

The loosened gum tissue is repositioned over the areas of gums recession


Stabilizing materials like collagen strips are used to stabilize the graft and promote healing

How Long Does it Last? 

The effectiveness and longevity of Pinhole Gum Surgery can vary depending on many factors. The aftercare regime also affects the healing process, and it varies from person to person.

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