Pinhole Surgical Technique™

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Sook Hong is one of the few certified dentists in the Bay Area that provide this revolutionary treatment for receding gums, the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ (PST)

The PST gum recession procedure has been tested over a period of several years with uniformly good and lasting results.

Recently, this procedure was made available by inventor Dr. Chao to select dentists for a more widespread application. The Pinhole Surgical Technique™ is a new minimally invasive option for treating receding gums without the pain and recovery time required with gum grafting surgery.


What Causes Gum Recession?

A number of factors can contribute to the loss of gum tissue. Periodontitis (advanced gum disease) can cause gum recession as the bacteria attack the gum tissue and cause inflammation. Excessively aggressive brushing technique can also lead to the erosion of gum tissue. Genetics, bruxism (tooth grinding), hormonal changes or injury to the gums also can cause or contribute to gum recession.


Gum Recession Can Cause: 

  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Greater exposure of teeth to decay
  • Expose greater amounts of your tooth surface
  • Root Damage
  • Higher likelihood of loose teeth


What is PST™?

The Pinhole Surgical Technique™ is an innovative receding gum treatment procedure and a modern approach to tissue grafting to restores your gum line to healthier levels. Unlike traditional tissue grafts, PST requires no cuts, no stitches and no tissue from your palate to address the gum recession (typically, conventional gum grafting requires that a periodontist remove tissue from the palate to replace the lost gum tissue). In most cases, the procedure takes less than 1 hour, and because it is minimally invasive, patients are able to resume their normal routines faster than with conventional gum grafting.


Benefits of PST™

  • Less bleeding and swelling
  • Instantly improved smile
  • No incisions or sutures
  • Faster healing and little to no downtime
  • Multiple treatment sites addressed in one visit



Using the Pinhole Surgical Technique™, Dr. Sook Hong creates a tiny access in the area close to the receding gums and then uses specialized instruments to gently expand the gum tissue where the loosened gum tissue can easily expand to cover the exposed root structure.

If you take good care of your gums after undergoing this procedure, and follow-up with Dr. Hong as recommended, the results of the Pinhole Surgical Technique can be long-lasting.


Don’t Wait

The result from loss of gum tissue caused by the Periodontal disease is a serious condition and it must be treated effectively to protect your oral health. If receding gums are detracting from your smile and leading to other issues like tooth sensitivity or decay below the gumline, consider the PST as an option for treatment without an invasive procedure.

Don’t wait to learn more and schedule a consultation with Dr. Sook Hong and learn more about this treatment for your receding gum.