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Pinhole Gum SurgeryKnoxville, TN

Pinhole Gum SurgeryAn Overview

The Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) makes it possible for periodontist Dr. Robert Cain to reshape your gum line without the need to cut, scrap or stitch. This new method of treating receding gums makes it easier for a dentist to give you natural looking results in a short amount of time. Dr. Cain is one of the only periodontists in the Knoxville area who is a certified provider of The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST), invented and patented by John Chao, D.D.S. Dr. Cain uses this noninvasive method to effectively treat receding gums with minimal discomfort and downtime. This effective method for restoring the gum line will help you maintain your beautiful smile after gum disease or other oral health issues that caused your gum recession.

Receding Gums an Oral Health Concern

Your gums play a critical role in creating a barrier from infection entering your body. This is why it is very important to take care of your gums so that do not begin to recede. Gum recession is when your gum tissue begins to die off and this will cause your gum line to recede higher and higher up the tooth. Receding gums are both a cosmetic and oral health concern. Patients with receding gums often have or had periodontal disease. Dr. Cain offers gum disease treatments to eradicate dead tissue, and repair a receding gum line.

Gums that have receded can create an unbalanced aesthetic. Patients may feel self-conscious or embarrassed by their smiles. The tooth will appear longer and the space between the teeth will increase. This can begin to affect a patient’s quality of life.

Advanced gum recession may also leave the tooth root exposed which may cause extreme tooth sensitivity to hot and cold and pain. Exposed roots can also make a patient more susceptible to gum disease and infection. Exposed roots can make it difficult for patients to enjoy eating or drinking. Most importantly, receding gums can be a symptom of an underlying problem including gum disease. This can increase your risk of tooth decay, tooth loss, bad breath and bleeding gums.

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Before Pinhole Gum Surgery

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After Pinhole Gum Surgery


Having met no one in the practice, I was so pleasantly surprised how friendly and welcoming everyone was. I was immediately comfortable with Rhonda, Tina and Dr. Rob. and while my reason for the visit wasn't good, I feel much more at ease with the treatment. Thank you so much!Elizabeth C.
I met Alicia and she did my maintenance. She was personable and friendly; and as far as I know she did a good job cleaning my teeth, etc. The part of my bridge on the last tooth on the upper right inadvertently came off and she did me the favor…Dorothy G.
All of you are great! For myself, organization, efficiency, professionalism, cleanliness along with laughter are extremely important in which all were exceeded with my office visit. My many questions were answered in the depth to which I understood, which was greatly appreciated. Thank you again for great care!!!Debra G.

Pinhole Gum Surgery What to Expect

As a highly trained and experienced periodontist, Dr. Cain specializes in gum disease treatment and diagnosis. He uses the latest in dental technology and technique for minimally invasive and highly effective treatment. Dr. Cain has been an esteemed member of the periodontist’s community in Knoxville, Oak Ridge, and Crossville for over 20 years.

Your procedure will begin with Dr. Cain administering a local anesthetic to numb the area being treated. Through a needle sized hole, Dr. Cain uses high-quality instruments to carefully loosen the receding gum tissue. The loosened tissue is then pushed down and shaped to cover the exposed tooth root. Moving the tissue creates a full, natural-looking gumline.

The procedure is quick and normally takes approximately 1-2 hours to complete. The procedure is mostly pain-free because it is non-invasie. Because the procedure does not require sutures or invasive surgery patients enjoy almost no swelling or bleeding. There should only be minor discomfort. Downtime is minimal and most patients experience immediate, natural and aesthetically balanced results.

Pinhole Gum Surgery FAQs

Does The Pinhole Gum Lift hurt?

This revolutionary technique creates a way for the dentist to restore the health of your gums through a small hole. This is a noninvasive procedure that allows for patients to experience less bleeding, discomfort, and pain. Patients are generally surprised at how comfortable they feel during their gum lift. Many patients return to their daily life immediately after treatment.

Does the Pinhole Gum Lift require sutures?

The Pinhole Gum Lift is a nonsurgical procedure that does not require the gums to be cut open so stitches are not necessary. The procedure is completed through a tiny hole made in the gum line that will heal within a day or two.This allows for minimal downtime and less bleeding, swelling and discomfort.

How long will the results last after a Pinhole gum rejuvenation?

The results of the Pinhole Gum Lift are permanent. Proper daily oral hygiene and biannual visits to your dentist for professional dental cleanings will help keep your gums stay healthy for years to come.

Robert C. Cain, DDS

Why choose East Tennessee Periodontics, LLC?

Dr. Robert Cain is a highly trained and experienced periodontist serving Knoxville, TN and many communities of the Hardin Valley. Dr. Cain offers comprehensive periodontics, periodontal surgeries, cosmetic treatments and short term orthodontics for addressing a wide range of concerns. We also provide second opinions for periodontics and dental implants which include a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health, occlusal function, and diagnostics.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Cain contact our office at (865) 276-7173 for new patients or (865) 407-2165 for current patients.
You may also schedule a consultation with our convenient online form.