Periodontal and Esthetic Surgery

non-surgical therapyPinhole Gum Grafts in Montgomery, AL

At the office of Dr. Steve Davis, D.M.D., P.C., we're proud to provide high-quality periodontal treatment to patients of all ages in the Montgomery, AL community. We strive to be a comprehensive resource for periodontal health, offering a wide variety of treatments to help maintain good gum health and repair damage caused by gum disease. For some patients with periodontal disease, pinhole gum grafts – a minor form of periodontal (gum) surgery – may be the best option for achieving a healthy smile and protecting the teeth, and we're proud to provide this treatment right in our office.

What Are Gum Grafts?

Pinhole gum grafts are a minimally invasive surgery that can help treat gum recession; a symptom of gum disease where the gums pull back and recede from teeth, exposing the tooth roots. Gum grafts involve taking soft tissue from another part of the mouth, then attaching it to the receding gums. While many dentists use a more invasive option, at our office, we're proud to provide the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, a less intrusive form of the procedure that doesn't use incisions or sutures.

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What's the Difference Between Traditional Gum Grafting and Chao Pinhole Gum Grafts?

While both procedures offer the same benefit, the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is a far less invasive option. In fact, while it's still technically a surgery, the pinhole technique involves no cutting, no sutures, and in reality, no grafts! We use a unique method developed by Dr. John Chao, who trained our doctor, to gently expand the existing gums to cover the exposed tooth roots. Moreover, because Dr. Chao personally taught Dr. Davis, you can be sure that you’re receiving the procedure from one of the most qualified dentists in the region.

How Do Pinhole Gum Grafts Work?

Instead of the traditional grafting process, the pinhole method involves creating a tiny hole in the gums – hence the name pinhole – through which Dr. Davis uses specialized instruments to gently loosen the gum tissue, allowing it to move up and cover the exposed tooth root structure. It's that simple: it requires no cutting, only local anesthesia, and can be completed in just one visit.

Benefits of Pinhole Gum Grafts

Compared to the traditional gum grafting procedure, pinhole grafts come with a number of benefits, including:

  • Faster recovery than traditional gum grafts
  • Less discomfort during the recovery period
  • No need for secondary incisions to take donor tissue from the palate
  • Effective, long-lasting, natural-looking treatment


In addition to the pinhole gum graft procedure, we also offer a number of regenerative treatment options for patients experiencing bone loss. While a healthy tooth in its socket helps protect the jawbone and prevent bone loss, bone loss can occur from periodontal disease or advanced tooth decay – and when it does, it can jeopardize the health and integrity of your teeth. At our office, we offer treatments like bone grafts, biocompatible membranes, and biomimetic material implants to help protect your jawbone, prevent bone loss, and regenerate the jaw. And, because we offer both gum grafts and bone regeneration treatments, we can address even severe periodontal disease from our Montgomery office.

Contact Your Montgomery, AL Periodontist

No matter what stage or severity of periodontal disease you're facing, our expert treatment team is committed to helping you regain your smile. Call us today at 334-271-6333 to find out more about the treatments we have to offer or request your consultation using our easy online form. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams and maintain it for a lifetime!