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Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation

Dr. Rubinoff is certified to perform the Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Poway, CA

Pinhole® breakthrough treatment offers patients an easier, minimally invasive option to correct gum recession. 

The Pinhole® Surgical Technique/ Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation® invented and patented by John Chao, D.D.S., is a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure for treating gum recession.

This procedure is performed by making small holes with a needle in the gum tissue. Using specially designed instruments, the gum tissue is loosened and guided over the receded part of the tooth. Since there is no incision or suturing, patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms (pain, swelling and bleeding). Most patients also are pleasantly surprised by the instant cosmetic improvement. 

To learn more about the Pinhole® Surgical Technique, please contact our office.

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90 second VIDEO of a live Pinhole procedure

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Before & After Gallery


2.5 year result

See Rocio on the Doctors show

5 year result

See Joyce on KABC 7 Los Angeles


9 year result


3.5 year result (upper arch)


2 year result

7.5 year result



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  • What is Gum Recession?
    Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gumline. This can occur as a result of periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, advanced periodontitis), the natural aging process, or abrasive habits when it comes to brushing the teeth.
  • Why should gum recession be taken seriously?
    When gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed. This means that tooth decay and other problems can affect the teeth along the gumline and beneath it. Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is important for lasting dental wellness.
  • What is Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique?
    The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST is scalpel and suture free. All of the tools and techniques used to perform the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique were created by Dr. John Chao.
  • How does Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique differ from traditional gum grafting?
    Traditional gum recession treatments involve the use of donor tissue or soft tissue grafts in order to rebuild the gumline. This soft tissue would be sutured in place and would join with existing gum tissue as it healed. While this traditional grafting treatment is effective, comparable results with better patient experience can be achieved through the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique.
  • How is Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique performed?
    During the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, a needle is used to make a small hole in the patient's existing gum tissue. Through this pinhole, special instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue. These tools help expand and slide the gumline to cover the exposed root structure. There are no grafts, no sutures, and no incisions needed with the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. It simply involves the adjustment of the existing tissue.
  • What are the benefits of Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique?
    The benefits of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique are many: Less Discomfort for the patient after treatment. Faster recovery for the patient than traditional grafting. No need for uncomfortable sutures. No need for scalpels or invasive surgical tools. No need to take donor tissue from the patients palate. Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results.

Craig H. Rubinoff, D.D.S., M.S., A.P.C

Pinhole® Surgical Technique Certified in Poway, CA

Dr. Craig H. Rubinoff graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1977. He attained his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Northwestern University Dental School in 1981.

Dr. Rubinoff continued on at Northwestern for his Periodontal Residency and received his Certificate and Master of Science in Periodontics in 1983.

Following completion of his Periodontal Residency, Dr. Rubinoff went on active duty with the United States Navy, where he served as Chief of Periodontics and Regional Periodontal Consultant for the U.S. Naval Dental Clinic Guam from 1983 to 1986.

Upon returning to the mainland, Dr. Rubinoff served as Staff Periodontist at the Branch Dental Clinic Miramar Naval Air Station (then home of the Navy’s TOP GUN Naval Fighter Weapons School) here in San Diego from 1986 to 1988.

It was at Miramar that Dr. Rubinoff picked up the moniker “TOP GUM”. He then opened his present practice, Craig H, Rubinoff, DDS, MS, APC in Rancho Bernardo in November 1988. In May 2013, he moved his office to a new modern facility in Poway, CA.

Dr. Rubinoff is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology (being Certified in Periodontology and Dental Implant Surgery) and a Fellow of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation.

He is also a member of:

  • The American Academy of Periodontology

  • The American Dental Association

  • The California Dental Association

  • The San Diego County Dental Society

With his passion for hiking and camping, Dr. Rubinoff is a Chapter Outings Leader Level 2 with the San Diego Sierra Club, where he leads day hikes. camping and backpacking outings.

He is also on staff and a leader with the San Diego Sierra Club’s annual Wilderness Basics Course. His favorite past-times include hiking, camping, backpacking, cycling, ocean sports and Talmud study.

Dr. Rubinoff stays abreast with new techniques through continuing education and sponsors a regular continuing education study club for the local dental community. His clinical practice has emphasis on Laser Periodontics and Dental Implants.

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