Dr. Sean Lee, & Dr. Garret Cunningham

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Downtown Calgary Dentist

(403) 228-5367 or (403) 228-3783

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No Surgery or Sutures Required!

Have you ever heard the expression of someone getting “long in the tooth”? This old saying refers to individuals who tend to have thinner gum tissues and are more vulnerable to developing receding gum tissue and loss in bone density. In addition poor dental hygiene – along with periodontal disease and/or trauma – could be contributing to the recession.


This gum recession and bone loss can result over the years causing  potential increased tooth sensitivity, possible increased incidences of tooth root surface exposure, potential cavities and the possible loss of existing tooth structure.

Often, if left untreated, it can result in premature aging of the gums and teeth as well as ongoing bone and tissue loss. Eventually this can significantly expose a tooth root, creating an uneven gum line and thus the “toothy smile” because your roots have been exposed unevenly.

Normally, conventional gum grafting (while highly effective) is quite painful and only 2 or 3 teeth at most can be done at one time. Dentists generally cut and remove tissue from the roof of the mouth and then graft it onto the receded (or exposed) gum area and suture it into place.

Long term risks:

  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Daily pain
  • Discomfort
  • Exposed roots
  • Susceptible to root decay
  • Periodontal disease
  • Painful corrective surgery
  • Long healing times

The Pin Hole Surgical Technique

Normally most dentists would perform what is called a Connective Tissue Graft (CTG). However, at SL Dental, Dr. Sean Lee uses what is called the Pin Hole Surgical Technique. Unlike the CTG, the Pinhole Technique does not require harvesting of the patient’s own tissue so there is no need for any cutting or tissue grafting.

Instead, the Pin Hole Surgical Technique is an almost painless procedure that doesn’t involve cutting, but instead uses a needle to make a small holes above the diseased or affected area. A specially-designed, small instrument then frees the gum tissues from the bone. The gums are moved down to a healthy position covering the exposed roots. When the tissue has been moved to the new position, Dr. Lee then places collagen strips under the gums to keep the tissue in place. The collagen helps to keep the gums in place during the healing process.


Using this technique, Dr. Lee can work on up to 10 to 13 teeth at one time and unlike conventional CTG, the healing process takes only days instead of weeks.

Benefits of Pinhole Surgical Technique?

  • Virtually painless
  • Multiple teeth can be done at one time
  • Speedy recovery times
  • Minimally invasive
  • Increases tissue volume
  • Faster procedure than CTG

SL Dental is always accepting new patients!

Call us at (403) 228-5367 or (403) 228-3783 to book your Gum Grafting appointment today!

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Mission Location

1000 Mission Professional Bldg

2303 4th Street SW

Calgary, AB

T2S 2S7

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7:00am to 3:00pm



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