Pinhole Surgical Technique™

No More Receding Gums, No More Gum Grafting:

Restore Through a Tiny Pinhole!
Interview with Dr. Lisa Marie Samaha

If you have sensitive teeth, most likely you have receding gums, and/or periodontal disease. According to the Journal of the American Dental Association, (Feb 2003) 88 percent of people in the United States above age 64 have one or more teeth with gum recession. 50 percent of people 18–64 years old have gum tissue recession. The presence and extent of recession increases with age.

Left untreated, receding gums not only look unsightly, they can create severe sensitivity because the roots of the teeth become exposed, allowing bacteria to penetrate the roots and enter the nerves. This can lead to more painful corrective procedures such as root decay and root canals, and it can cause bone loss, leading to the eventual loss of teeth. For decades, painful, traditional skin grafting was the only way to repair receded gums.

If you are already seeing signs of gum recession and you’d like to do something about it but are worried that the treatment will be complicated and painful, put your mind—and your gums—at ease.

Factors that can contribute
to your gums receding over time:
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Tooth decay on the roots of teeth
  • Broken down or poorly contoured fillings
  • Overly aggressive brushing
  • Grinding or clenching your teeth
  • Orthodontic therapy
  • Crooked teeth or a misaligned bite
  • Genetics
  • The use of tobacco products
  • Lip or tongue piercing

In the past, the grafting procedure to treat gum tissue recession required cutting a significant piece of skin from the roof of your mouth and grafting it in place, using stitches. Because this method is invasive, it is typically only performed on a few teeth at once. With traditional gum grafting procedures, the recovery is very painful and takes up to three weeks.

So what’s new in the world of receding gums? Fortunately, thanks to a procedure called the Pinhole Surgical Technique™, years of gum recession can now be corrected on several teeth in about one hour. No cutting, no sutures, no grafting of skin from the roof of the mouth, minimal to no discomfort and no swelling.

Dr. Lisa Marie Samaha of Port Warwick Dental Arts in Newport News is the first dentist in Virginia and one of the first 85 dentists in the world licensed to perform the Pinhole Technique™ for treating receding gums.

Although against Dr. Samaha’s strict orders, a local Williamsburg physician who is a patient of Dr. Samaha’s said he had been told to have his gums grafted for many years but kept putting it off because of the reports of pain and long recovery he had heard about. After having eight teeth grafted in just one hour with the Pinhole Technique™, the patient stated, “I felt so good that I went home and ran four miles! The next morning, I raked my leaves! The procedure was very comfortable and easy. I am extremely grateful to Dr. Samaha for always bringing her leading-edge expertise to the table.”

Close up of Dr. Samaha’s Hampton Roads patient's receding gums before and after the pinhole surgical technique.
Dr. Samaha’s patient Libby Johnson

The unique Pinhole Technique™ involves the use of intricately designed and patented instruments that loosen the gum tissue and glide it gently over the receded part of the tooth where it can re-anchor. The aesthetic results are instantaneous and recovery time is minimal. In fact, “people who have the procedure done in the morning are capable of enjoying pain-free chewing by dinner time,” says Dr. John Chao, who developed the revolutionary procedure for dentistry, and personally trained Dr. Samaha.

Dr. Samaha applauds Dr. Chao for his decades of research and development. “The procedure is truly revolutionary and Dr. Chao is a true gift to dentistry. I am deeply grateful to have the opportunity to provide a service to my patients’ gum recession that replaces traditional gum grafting procedures–a process that now seems crude, in comparison,” says Samaha.

The procedure is so revolutionary and effective it was published in 2012 in the prestigious International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, showing an identical level of success when compared to the very best of traditional techniques. The Pinhole Technique™ has been featured on dozens of prime news shows, including “The Doctors” in January 2014.

“I am so honored to be one of the small number of dentists certified to perform this procedure and I’m very excited to be able to offer it to the people of Newport News and Hampton Roads,” says Dr. Samaha. “The fact that the process is so gentle yet so effective is going to help ease people’s fear of having treatment for their often unsightly and uncomfortable receding gums, ultimately leading to better tooth and gum health for all of them.”

The best part of the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ is that the effects are predictable, comfortable and long-lasting. With proper care and regular dental checkups, patients who have had gum recession and have had the procedure are maintaining healthy gums for years.

Close up showing how conventional gum grafting works vs. the pinhole surgical technique offered by Dr. Samaha in Newport News.

Schedule a Consultation for the Pinhole Surgical Technique in Newport News

Protect your teeth and gums and keep your smile beautiful. You’ll be amazed at how quickly this procedure can be done and even more astonished by how it can improve your dental health and overall appearance.

If you suffer from gum recession, contact
Port Warwick Dental Arts at 757-223-9270
or email us using our contact form.
Dr. Lisa Marie Samaha, a general dentist, is nationally recognized as a leader in comprehensive, cosmetic, periodontal and reconstructive dental care.