Pinhole Surgical Technique Specialist Dr. Kao

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Along with periodontics and dental implants, Dr. Kao is also a specialist in the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST). This treatment stably repairs receding gums to prevent the deterioration of the teeth, extreme sensitivity, root damage, and tooth loss. The PST is a fast and effective treatment that takes just a few minutes for each treated tooth. Dr. Kao works with each patient to improve their dental health and provide an improved and more confident smile.

What is the Pinhole Technique?

PST is a noninvasive gum surgery that treats the extreme recession of the gums that exposes the roots of the teeth. The procedure requires no cutting, grafting or stitching. For the procedure, the tissue of the gums is loosened and pulled over the exposed teeth with very minimal side effects such as pain, swelling and bleeding due to absolutely zero incisions being made. The affected and exposed teeth can be treated in one easy session in about one to two hours, providing stable results that maintain gum coverage and health for several years.

Causes of Gum Recession:

  • Aggressive brushing and flossing
  • Uncontrollable genetics
  • Irregular tooth positioning
  • Teeth grinding
  • Trauma or injury to teeth & gum tissue
  • Poor dental hygiene

Dr Kao’s Steps for Pinhole Surgical Technique in Los Angeles

Gum recession treatment is done fast and efficiently with these easy steps by Dr. Kao:

  1. The teeth are cleaned in the treated area.
  2. Anesthesia is administered to numb the area.
  3. A small instrument makes pinhole sized entries in the gums.
  4. A specialized instrument is inserted into the entry point and slowly loosens the tissue and moves it into the right position.
  5. Collagen strips are inserted into the entry points and gum tissue to help keep the tissue in place during recovery.

The Benefits of Pinhole Surgical Technique

  • Zero Incisions: no cuts, grafting or removal of any tissue
  • Zero Stitches: collagen strips are used instead of any uncomfortable wiring
  • Minimal Pain: patients experience very little pain, swelling, or bleeding both during the surgery and during recovery
  • Instant Results: recovery is quick with noticeable improvement and a better smile!

Dr. Kao specializes in restoring your dental health and focuses on your specific concerns in order to provide you with the best and most confident smile! Call our friendly staff at 213.250.7554 to schedule your appointment.

Pinhole Surgical Technique Referral

To make the referral process as easy as possible, we have developed a patient referral form that provides all necessary information to treat your patient based on your direction on one page.


To become a referring dentist, simply call our Los Angeles office at 213.250.7554 . The staff at David Kao DDS will schedule a personal introduction with Dr. Kao at your convenience. And if one of your patients has an urgent dental need, we can schedule an appointment today.