Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique
A breakthrough treatment for gum recession
If you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, or have noticed the effects of gum recession, we would love
to help you explore your options for treatment. Your dentists at Health Centered Dentistry are proud to offer the most advanced gum recession treatment available – without the need for scalpels and sutures. We want to help you reverse gum recession, improve your oral health, and save your teeth.
What is gum recession?
Gum recession is one of the many harmful consequences of gum disease. Gum recession happens when plaque is allowed to remain on the teeth and hardens into tartar, which irritates the gums to the point where they begin to pull away from the teeth, or recede. Gum recession causes the teeth to appear “larger” with a greater tooth to gum ratio. Aside from gum disease, gum recession can also be caused by abrasive brushing habits.
Why should gum recession be taken seriously?
Healthy gums are an essential component of a healthy smile. Can you have healthy crops without healthy soil? How about a sturdy home without a solid foundation? The answer is no. When the gums recede far enough, the tooth’s roots become exposed leaving room for infection and decay to enter. Exposed roots can cause pain and sensitivity, and eventually, without the support of healthy gum tissue, the teeth will become lose and fall out (or need to be extracted).
What is the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST)?
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive, non-surgical alternative for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional gum grafting techniques that require cutting of healthy tissue and sutures for healing, PST is scalpel and suture free. PST can reverse the effects of gum recession, stimulate new tissue regeneration, and save your teeth.
How does the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique differ from traditional gum grafting?
Traditional gum recession treatments are much more invasive, and a much more uncomfortable process with slower healing time. Traditionally, a soft tissue graft is required – meaning we take donor tissue from another area of the mouth (usually the roof or palette) to replace lost gum tissue – removal of healthy is never ideal. “New” tissue would be sutured to the gums and would integrate with existing gum tissue through the healing process. While this traditional grafting treatment is effective in treating gum recession, we can achieve comparable results with better patient experience through the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique.
How is Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique performed?
Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is performed using only a small needle and special instruments to readjust the existing gum tissue – no scalpels, no sutures, no tissue grafts. The needle is used to poke tiny holes in the gums, called pinholes. Through these pinholes, your dentist can gently loosen the tissue and slide the gum line back into its ideal position – covering any exposed root structures and saving your teeth. The small amount of trauma to the gums actually stimulates new tissue regeneration, thus reversing the effects of gum recession and promoting new, healthy tissue growth.
We also utilize Platelet Rich Fibrin Therapy to assist in restoring your gums to a healthier and younger looking state. This holistic treatment utilizes your own DNA to help create the structure for the gums to regenerate.
What are the benefits of Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique?
The benefits of gum recession treatment with the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique include:
No need for scalpels or invasive surgical tools
No need to remove healthy tissue with a soft tissue graft
No need for uncomfortable sutures for healing
Less pain and discomfort during healing
Faster recovery than traditional grafting
Healthy, natural-looking, long-lasting results