Gum Recession Specialist

Thomas J. Stern, DMD

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Philadelphia, PA

About half of Americans have periodontal (gum) disease today, and it often causes gum recession. As gums recede, it causes oral health issues and cosmetic changes in the mouth, which can be embarrassing and scary. Thomas J. Stern, DMD, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, uses an innovative procedure to restore your gums without major surgery or prolonged downtime. Call the office and speak with a helpful staff member or click the online booking tool to learn more.

Gum Recession Q&A

What is gum recession?

Gum recession means your gums shrink, gradually exposing more of your teeth and tooth roots. Gum recession can cause several problems, including:

  • New gaps for bacteria to grow 
  • Teeth that look longer
  • More pronounced gaps between teeth 
  • Loose teeth
  • Tooth loss

Fortunately, gum recession is treatable. But, the earlier the better is the best rule. So, if you notice any symptoms of possible gum recession, it’s important to talk to Dr. Stern about treatment options right away.

How is gum recession treated?

Dr. Stern performs an innovative procedure, the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique/Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation®, in the office. 

During this procedure, Dr. Stern uses a slim needle to create an entry point in your gum tissue. There’s no cutting or stitching required. Dr. Stern inserts a special dental tool through the pinhole and loosens the gum tissue. 

Next, Dr. Stern moves your gums into a new position, covering the area of recession. He inserts small resorbable collagen strips beneath the gums to keep them in the new position. 

The tiny pinhole heals fast, often overnight. After the procedure, you’ll see an instant change. 

After treatment, taking good care of your teeth and gums is essential in preventing gum recession. Dr. Stern gives you specific recommendations, such as brushing and flossing daily, professional teeth cleanings every six months, and using oral care products that repel harmful bacteria.

Am I a good candidate for gum recession treatment?

Dr. Stern evaluates everyone on a case-by-case basis so he can determine the ideal solution for you. The Pinhole Surgical Technique is best suited for those who still have adequate healthy gum tissue to reposition. 

If you have dramatic gum recession, Dr. Stern may recommend traditional gum grafting instead. During this procedure, he removes a small strip of tissue from the roof of your mouth and sutures it into a new position to cover your exposed tooth roots.

Don’t allow gum recession to progress until you lose your teeth. With gum recession treatment at Thomas J. Stern, DMD, you can have a new look and protect your oral health at the same time. Call the office and speak with the helpful team or book an appointment online.


Pinhole Surgical Technique

To provide our patients with the best treatments for gum recession as possible, Dr. Thomas J. Stern offers the pinhole surgical technique, as a non-invasive treatment option to repair damaged gums. Dr. Stern is committed to helping patients who want to restore their oral health.
Unlike traditional surgical gum procedures, the pinhole process does not require the removal of soft tissue to be transplanted to the gums. Developed by Dr. John Chao, this proven procedure extends the existing healthy gum tissue back over the exposed roots of your teeth. Dr. Stern received special training and has the experience that allows our Philadelphia practice to offer the pinhole technique for those that are candidates for the procedure.