Gum recession often occurs during the later stages of gum disease. The infection causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, and as a result, the roots become exposed. This can be problematic since exposed tooth roots can lead to sensitivity and are more vulnerable to damage. Our in-house periodontist is able to reverse the effects of gum recession with a minimally invasive treatment known as the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. This approach involves repositioning your gums to protect your teeth and improve your overall oral health. Contact us to schedule an appointment and learn more about this procedure.
A small needle is used to create a hole in the patient’s gums. Then, by moving the needle through the gums, our periodontist is able to loosen the gum tissue. This makes it possible to gently move it down (or up, depending on whether the treatment is focusing on the upper or lower arch) so that it covers the exposed parts of the tooth roots. This periodontal treatment does not involve scalpels, and sutures aren’t necessary for the healing process. Most patients report feeling normal again within hours of their treatment, and a full recovery usually only takes a single day.
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is mainly recommended as means to treat gum recession. This is a common consequence of gum disease, but it can also be caused by overly aggressive brushing, smoking, grinding of the teeth, hormonal changes, and poor oral hygiene in general. Also, some patients may be at a higher risk of gum recession than others thanks to having naturally thinner gums. Our periodontist is able to identify areas where gum recession has occurred and treat them simultaneously with the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in just one appointment; in contrast, other solutions for gum recession, such as gum grafting, may require multiple visits.
There are several benefits to using the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique over similar forms of periodontal therapy. The minimally invasive approach means that recovery is much faster, and it can potentially eliminate the need for an uncomfortable bone or gum graft. Since the procedure simply involves moving gum tissue that was already in your mouth, the results will look very natural. And since the treatment can be done in just one appointment, patients can potentially save a significant amount of money on their periodontal care.