I. Stephen Brown, DDS
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Treatment for Receding Gums in Philadelphia

Pinhole Surgical Technique™

Treatment for Gum Recession in Philadelphia

Dr. Brown is a staunch advocate of therapies that provide effective healing the least invasive way possible. That's why he was the first periodontist in Philadelphia to offer the Pinhole Surgical Technique™. This non-invasive treatment for receding gums was developed as an alternative to traditional cut-and-suture gum grafting techniques.

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Gum recession is a serious condition that can result from periodontal disease, over vigorous brushing, or injury. It entails the loss of gum tissue, which typically leads to loss of bone structure surrounding the teeth. The first symptom of receding gums is often tooth sensitivity to cold and heat. If not effectively treated, gum recession can lead to tooth decay and even tooth loss.

The Old Way of Treating Gum Recession

Traditional gum grafting takes a strip of soft tissue from a patient's palate and inserts it under a raised flap of receded gum tissue. The procedure is generally effective for restoring a healthy gumline, but it requires a good deal of cutting and stitching. It's a painful procedure that can take patients several weeks to completely heal.

The New Pinhole Surgical Technique™

Gum Recession Treatment

With the Pinhole Surgical Technique™, Dr. Brown uses a needle to make a small "pinhole" in the gum tissue. He uses specialized instruments to loosen the gum tissue, then carefully reposition the gums to cover exposed roots. Benefits of this advanced treatment for receding gums include:

  • No scalpels
  • No stitches
  • Less discomfort following the procedure
  • Faster healing time
  • No need to graft tissue from other areas of the mouth
  • Long lasting results with a natural looking gumline
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Dr. Brown is well-versed in many therapies for gum disease and receding gums. He will be happy to evaluate your case and let you know if you are a candidate for the Pinhole procedure, or if some other treatment would be right for you. Schedule an appointment today for your gum evaluation.

Praise from Dr. Chao

As well as using the Pinhole procedure in his own practice, Dr. Brown actively encourages other periodontists to learn it. In January 2015, he invited Dr. Chao to a meeting of the North American Society of Periodontists to speak about the procedure. Dr. Chao later wrote to Dr. Brown:

"It was an exceptionally warm, fabulously run meeting, the like of which I ... do not recall ever experiencing.

Your eloquent introduction and your support throughout the meeting were very influential in generating the high interest so many of the members showed in the Pinhole Surgical Technique. We expect many of them to come to Alhambra in the coming months."

-John Chao, D.D.S.
Creator of the Pinhole Surgical Technique

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Read more about the difference Pinhole Treatment has made in the life of our sweet patient, Mara

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Dear Dr. Brown,

I have no words to express how thankful I am for you, you have brought me back for feeling not myself for a while. Today, I am "Me" again, I have no double thoughts of smiling, I feel so confident, thank you for being the doctor and the person I ask the Universe for, I was sure someone out there could help me to get my confidence back. Thank you so very much! Wish you the best, health, happiness, and sucess always. You will be always in this girl's heart. XOXO Mara


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Dr. Brown discusses Dr. Chao's pinhole surgical technique on The Wellness Hour with Randy Alvarez.

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Dr. Brown talks about the benefits of Dr. Chao's pinhole surgical technique for treating receding gums.

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Dr. Brown Introduces the new Pinhole Surgical Technique

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Pinhole Technique In the News: Painless Treatment of Receding Gums

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Pinhole Surgical Technique

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I was really happy with it, and I love smiling!

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My teeth have never looked better.