The Chao Pinhole Technique for Receding Gums

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The Chao Pinhole Technique for Receding Gums

Gum recession can detract from a beautiful smile. More importantly, however, it can lead to oral health issues like mobility, decay, and tooth loss. Therefore, it’s important to address recession before it progresses. The Chao Pinhole™ Surgical Technique is a less invasive solution to receding gums. Dr. Abbey J. Lee offers this revolutionary treatment at our Grant Park office.

If you notice warning signs of gum recession, schedule a visit with us. Call our Grant Park office today at 404-328-7177.

Pinhole Technique vs Traditional Grafting

Traditionally, gum recession has been treated with tissue grafting. In fact, it is still widely used to address the condition. This procedure involves removing a wedge of tissue from the roof of the mouth, then adding it to the area of gum deficiency. It requires incisions and stitches. While this treatment is incredibly effective, many individuals avoid the procedure for fear of pain and discomfort.

The Chao pinhole technique eliminates the need for scalpels and sutures. Rather than incising and reflecting the gum tissue, this procedure only requires tiny pinhole incisions. The pinhole technique shows promising results. So far, the only peer-reviewed study was included in a 2012 issue of International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry. The study confirmed stable results over a nine-year period. The inventor of the technique, Dr. John Chao, reports that most cases are much older now and still showing successful results. 

Benefits of the Pinhole Technique

As a popular alternative to gum grafting, the pinhole technique offers a wide range of advantages. This method:

  • Covers exposed root surfaces
  • Offers immediate aesthetic results
  • Reduces the risk of root decay and damage
  • Is more comfortable compared to traditional grafting
  • Is minimally invasive
  • Offers faster recovery
  • Can treat multiple areas of recession in a single visit

The Treatment Process

Before beginning the pinhole technique, Dr. Lee will ensure you are comfortable. To do this, she administers local anesthesia for your comfort. Sedation options are also available upon request.

Next, small pinhole-sized openings are created in the gums near the area of deficiency. The doctor then inserts special patented instruments through these openings to carefully loosen the gum tissue. The gum line is then repositioned and small strips of collagen are placed to add volume.

The majority of patients report minimal discomfort following pinhole surgery. Due to the nature of the procedure, you will be provided with specific post-operative guidelines, which should be followed closely for best results.

Is the pinhole technique right for me?

The Chao pinhole technique is an excellent option for many patients, but it’s not right for everyone. Like any surgical procedure, candidates must meet certain criteria. Root coverage is less predictable in areas of advanced bone loss. Therefore, if your recession has progressed into the later stages, you may be better suited for conventional surgery.

To be considered for any type of recession treatment, patients must be in good oral health, free from decay or periodontal disease. They should also have full knowledge of the treatment process and realistic expectations of results.

Call Our Grant Park Office to Learn More about the Pinhole Technique

Gum recession can lead to a number of oral health issues and wreak havoc on your smile. The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is an incredible solution to this problem. To learn more, schedule an appointment at our Grant Park office. Contact us online anytime or call us at 404-328-7177.

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