Pinhole Gum Surgery

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Smile Design Manhattan

Cosmetic Dentistry located in Midtown West, New York, NY

If you’re suffering from gum recession and want a scalpel- and suture-free treatment, Smile Design Manhattan, one of New York City’s premier dental practices, offers pinhole gum surgery as a revolutionary alternative to lengthy and painful soft tissue grafts. With offices conveniently located in Midtown West, Smile Design Manhattan is New York City’s most trusted source for state-of-the-art pinhole gum surgeries. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling the office or booking a visit online.

Pinhole Gum Surgery Q & A

What is Gum Recession?

Gum recession is a condition where the gum tissue that surrounds your teeth wears away or pulls back away from the teeth, exposing more of your tooth and your tooth’s root. It can come from a number of factors, including:

  • Gum disease
  • Aggressive tooth brushing
  • Genetics
  • Poor at-home care
  • Hormonal changes
  • Using tobacco products
  • Grinding and clenching your teeth
  • Improperly aligned teeth


Gum recession happens gradually, and many patients don’t realize it’s happening until it has already advanced, which is why it’s so important to maintain regular visits with your dentist at Smile Design Manhattan.

Why Do I Need to Treat Gum Recession?

Recessed gums create “pockets” between your teeth and your gums. These pockets are highly susceptible to collecting disease-causing bacteria. If left untreated, this bacteria can severely damage the tissue and bone structures that support your teeth, eventually leading to tooth loss.

How is Gum Recession Normally Treated?

Gum recession is traditionally treated with soft tissue grafts. Your dentist cuts pieces of soft tissue from the roof of your mouth and surgically connects them to the tissues around your recessed gums. This encourages tissue growth where the gums have receded.

While effective, soft tissue grafts are an invasive procedure that can have a lengthy and painful recovery period and require a lot of time in the dentist’s chair, leading many people to seek an alternative.

What is Pinhole Gum Surgery?

Pinhole gum surgery is a revolutionary procedure that treats gum recession with minimal invasion.

Your Smile Design Manhattan dentist first uses a tiny needle to poke small pinholes in the gum tissue around your recession.

Next, they insert specially designed instruments into the pinhole to loosen your gum tissue. They gently slide and reposition this gum tissue down over the areas of your recession, covering your exposed tooth root.

Finally, your dentist administers collagen or platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) through the pinholes, which keeps the newly repositioned tissues in place and encourages tissue growth while you heal.

What are the Benefits of Pinhole Gum Surgery?

Pinhole gum surgery is a state-of-the-art procedure that has a number of advantages over soft tissue grafts, like:

  • No sutures or incisions
  • Shorter recovery time (you can resume your normal activities the same day as your procedure)
  • Quicker procedure
  • Minimizes surgical risks and side effects
  • Better treatment outcomes
  • Doesn’t require cutting tissue from the roof of your mouth


To learn more about how pinhole gum surgery can ease the treatment of your recessed gums, schedule an appointment today with Smile Design Manhattan. You can book your visit by calling the office or making an appointment online.