Patients with receding gums will be pleased to learn that there is now an alternative to gum grafts. The Chao Pinhole surgical technique is less painful and much less invasive. No scalpel or sutures are required and the recovery period is much faster. Since the pinhole technique is less intrusive and does not require incisions, patients typically recover in a day or two. It is also possible to treat more than one tooth during a single appointment. Since the patient’s gums are repositioned instead of grafted, the results are very natural and the cosmetic improvement is almost instantaneous.