What is PST™?

Explaining Pinhole Surgical Technique

Pinhole Surgical Technique is an effective gum restoration procedure that offers an alternative to traditional gum grafting.

What is Pinhole Surgical Technique?

Using the Pinhole Surgical Technique, a small hole is first made in your gums, allowing Dr. Turner, our certified Pinhole clinician, to add collagen material to stabilize the area of gum recession in your mouth. This innovative method is simple, suture-free, minimally invasive, and significantly less painful than a technique that cuts gum tissue.

What’s the difference between Pinhole Surgical Technique and Soft Tissue Grafting?

Traditional grafting involves rebuilding the gum line by suturing donor tissue in place, allowing it to join with the existing tissue and heal over time. Although soft tissue grafting is effective, Pinhole provides a better patient experience while delivering identical results.

Benefits of Pinhole

  • No incisions
  • Suture-free
  • Quick
  • Convenient
  • Effective
  • Minimal pain, swelling, bleeding
  • Short recovery time
  • Instant cosmetic results

Contact our office today to schedule an appointment!

North Andover Office
North Andover Phone Number 978-975-1233
Medford Office
Medford Phone Number 781-395-8998
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Recovery and Aftercare

The recovery time for Pinhole Surgical Technique is remarkably short, and the pain is virtually nonexistent. Dr. Turner provides patients with extensive post-op care following the procedure. A soft diet is recommended for a short period after surgery, and we will schedule a series of follow-up appointments with you to ensure proper healing.

If you have concerns about possible gum recession, call us today and we will answer your questions.  North Andover Phone Number 978-975-1233

* Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique®™ and PST®™ are registered trademarks of John Chao DDS MAGD, 2008

Ian M. Turner Periodontics & Implant Surgery

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Dr.Turner is a brilliant and highly skilled Periodontist. He and his staff are extremely attentive, patient and willing to answer questions and explain procedure details and protocol. Thank you.

- Sandra B

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Dr. Turner is so nice. And, the staffs are nice, too.

- Angela S

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It is so comforting to be cared for by someone as competent as Dr. Turner. His staff reflects his dedication to great care as well.

- Alan M

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This has been a very positive experience

- SARA F

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Extremely happy with care, its my front tooth and you would never know I had any work done!

- Maryruth R

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Very satisfied with pinhole surgery. The procedure for six teeth took less than 1 hour with minimal pain. I feel like these 6 teeth have been saved thanks to this technique.

- DONNA d

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The procedure that I had was accomplished with almost no discomfort and my healing process proceeded without incident. I particularly appreciate Dr. Turner takes the time to really explain what is happening/ has happened and makes everything understandable. His skill is evident - not only as a top flight dentist/surgeon, but also as a dentist who truly cares that the patient is reassured and made comfortable via non-hurried conversation explanations. I have and will continue to recommend Dr. Turner and the entire professional staff to my friends who need dental intervention for whatever dental problems they are experiencing.

- Joan J

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overall experience has been wonderful

- melanie c

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DR TURNER AND HIS STAFF DID AN EXCELLENT JOB EXPLAINING EXACTLY WHAT MY SURGERY WOULD ENTAIL. THE SURGERY WENT WELL AND SAME WITH THE RECOVERY. IT WAS MUCH EASIER THAN I EXPECTED. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND DR TURNER.

- Kevin B

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The staff is friendly,personable, and very competent.. Everyone makes you feel like you are truly a "person" not just a number. Dr. Turner always takes the time to explain any procedures and to answer any questions. This is an office where a patient is listened to and provided with excellent care.

- Katie F

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Dr. Turner is absolutely outstanding in doing dental implants...he is exceptional. He makes the procedure seem so simple, smooth and easy. That's how good he is! My implant was quick and painless. And, he is very patient and pleasant. Office staff very nice. Would highly regard Dr. Turner to anyone. He is a standout!

- Judith D

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Dr. Turner and his staff are highly professional, extremely competent, friendly, and cooperative. I have been a patient of Dr. Turner's for 15 years, and have had gum surgeries, an implant, and numerous cleanings and consultations. I have had excellent experiences during each procedure, and am grateful to be under Dr. Turner's care.

- Leslie T

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I have had needed multiple dental implants for cracked teeth. Dr. Turner and his team have always been great during the procedure and follow up visits.

- Arthur R

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As a patient of Dr. Ian Turner's for more than 10 years, I have tremendous praise for his work. I have had a variety of procedures done including dental implants and bone graphing. Every procedure has been explained and completed with the support of Dr. Turner and his staff in a very caring way. After the procedure Dr. Turner and his staff continue in the same manner by calling and scheduling timely post-op appointments. Overall, I highly recommend Dr. Turner for dental implants and periodontics.

- Carol S

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Been coming for a long time now and the staff here has been nothing less than excellent. My oral hygiene is like the rest of me, in excellent condition 🙂

- David D

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I am terrified of the dentist. Unfortunately I had an injury that resulted in the loss of a tooth. I was in pain and desperate, I had to see a specialist. Luckily for me, a friend recommended Dr. Turner. Not only did he get me quickly, but with his calm bedside manner he guided me through the entire process....pulling a tooth, bone graft, implant and reconstruction. Dr. Turner's approach and attitude in treating the 'whole patient', not just my tooth, was exactly what I needed. I am so relieved to know that if and when I need this type of dental work I have a place to go where I don't have to feel scared and anxious.

- Jennifer F

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I have been very impressed with the results that I have achieved with the four implants that I have done with Dr Turner. The two front teeth were involved so the overall look had to be just right, his work and his collaboration with my regular dentist has been outstanding. The first implant was done over 10 years ago and I have had no problems since. I would highly recommend Dr Turner for any implant or periodontal work!

- Dan J

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Dr Turner and staff were wonderful. They clearly explained everything about my implant procedure. They were very careful to make me as comfortable and free of pain as possible during and after the procedure. I would recommend Dr Turner to anyone!

- Sarita B

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I am extremely happy I was referred to Dr. Turner's office for my extensive dental work.

- Carol G

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I have been very happy with my overall treatment with Dr. Turner and I trust his opinions and any treatment he recommends. I have been patient here for over 20 years. I am very satisfied.

- Christine P

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