Board Certified Periodontist, Dr. Scott O. Kissel

Pinhole Technique

While some dental professionals use the pinhole surgical technique, Dr. Scott Kissel is the only periodontist that combines the use of a surgical microscope while performing the pinhole technique. The surgical microscope control eliminates the need for invasive techniques that can cause pain and significant downtime.

What Procedures Use the Pinhole Technique?

The pinhole technique is used to treat gum tissue recession. Unlike traditional procedures, which take gum tissue from the palate or another donor site, the pinhole technique simply pulls down the gum tissue bordering your tooth, using collagen strips to restore your natural gum line. Over time, the body will absorb the collagen strips resulting in the desired goal of the procedure.


During the procedure, Dr. Kissel:


  • Makes one or two pinholes in the gum tissue.
  • Carefully adjusts your gum tissue using precise microsurgical techniques to cover exposed roots.
  • Secures newly placed gum tissue with small biocompatible strips of collagen to keep gum tissue from moving around during healing.

After your procedure, you will experience little to no discomfort normally experienced after gum grafting.

Recovery and Results

Patients who are nervous about their results or the time it will take to recover are always pleasantly surprised by how the pinhole technique is relatively painless and results in your desired goals.


Depending on the patient’s situation, Dr. Kissel often utilizes the pinhole technique because it has advantages over traditional techniques. This cosmetic enhancement gives patients a better overall result that allows them to heal much faster than a traditional gum graft.

  • Tempur-Pedic ® dental chairs, a selection of movies, and your choice of music, which combined with a beautiful view of Manhattan, will help you relax throughout treatment.
  • The Wand ®. This is an atraumatic, computer-assisted local anesthetic delivery system that Dr. Kissel uses to ensure patient comfort.
  • Oral sedation that can make treatment more comfortable for patients. Any anxiety will be acknowledged and appropriately addressed, resulting in a comfortable appointment. Dr. Kissel is certified in oral sedation by DOCS Education.

About Dr. Kissel

Dr. Kissel is one of the top periodontists because of his dedication to evolving dental care. He is committed to providing pain and stress-free options for patients by incorporating the latest proven advancements in periodontology. His training in pinhole and microsurgical techniques have led to increased patient well being, faster recovery times, and more effective dental care.

If you have receding gums, call Dr. Kissel’s office at 212-702-9088 or book online to learn more about the pinhole technique and other procedures that can help you.