If you have experienced gum recession, our expert periodontist is prepared to help you restore the beauty and health of your smile. We offer two options for treating gum recession at Dr. Anne Nicholas’s office: the revolutionary Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique and soft tissue grafting.

shield1 There are 2 main methods of treating gum recession: with a soft tissue /gingival graft or with the pinhole Gum rejuvenation technique. Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation(TM) also known as Lunchtime Gum Lift(TM) is a gum recession breakthrough treatment. It is a scalpel free, suture free and graft free procedure for treating gum recession.

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  Are you ready for the revolutionary gum rejuvenation technique that is scalpel free, suture free, and graft free? The Chao Pinhole Technique might be the right choice for your smile. Dr. Anne Nicholas is pleased to offer this advanced treatment for gum recession in Palm Desert, California. Please feel free to click on the buttons below to learn more about this exciting new technique and its benefits.


Soft Tissue Graft

A soft tissue graft is a procedure to replace lost soft tissue as a result of recession. Healthy gum tissue is removed from the palate or taken from another donor source and attached to the area where the gum has receded. This added tissue reseals and protects the tooth and underlying bone from further recession, bone loss, and decay.

Root Coverage

During this procedure, gum tissue from your palate or other materials are used to facilitate coverage of the exposed root. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to even your gum line and reduce sensitivity.

Reasons for Root Coverage Soft tissue grafts can be used to cover roots, develop gum tissue where absent due to excessive gingival recession, or to make prosthetic devices, such as dental implants, look natural. In some cases, they can cover exposed roots to protect them from decay and prepare teeth for orthodontic treatment. This may reduce tooth sensitivity and improve the aesthetics of your smile as well.


Root coverage will enhance this patient’s smile and thicken his gums, decreasing the risk of recession during orthodontic treatment.

Exposed Roots

This patient wanted to improve her smile.

Dental Implant

This patient’s front dental implant was partially exposed, creating an undesirable smile.

Root coverage was completed in one surgery with a gingival graft and the patient underwent orthodontic therapy three months later.

Root coverage was achieved, as well as a significant thickening of the gums, which decreases her risk of obtaining periodontal diseases.

Gingival graft was placed to cover the exposed implant so the restorations did not need to be replaced.

Final results after periodontal treatment and orthodontic therapy.

Before & After

Before Advanced recession, sensitivity, and frenum pull create a micro-gingival problem.
After A connective gingival graft taken from the palate (plus frenectomy) solved the problem.

Before Aesthetics, sensitivity, and minimal keratinized gingiva.
After A connective tissue graft solved this problem.




Before Aesthetic problem due to advancing recession.
After A connective tissue graft with a new crown solves this problem by creating a natural appearance.