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Pinhole Technique: Oral Surgery for Gum Recession

If it seems like your gums are starting to shrink, or pull away from where they should be against your teeth, it’s probably not your imagination. Many adults experience the condition known as gum recession -- but there is a minimally-invasive solution that replaces and rejuvenates your periodontal tissue. The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is oral surgery for gum recession that is scalpel free, suture free, and does not require the use of conventional gum grafts. Dr. William Ma performs the procedure in just one visit to our state-of-the-art office.

What Is Gum Recession? Why Does It Matter?

Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue is lost and an unhealthy amount of the tooth is exposed. Recession frequently occurs as a result of gum disease, poor dental hygiene, aggressive tooth brushing, smoking, hormonal changes, or genetics.

You need healthy gum tissue to cover up the top part of your tooth and its root. Without it, your teeth may become more sensitive, and recessed gums increase your risk of tooth decay. Gum recession is also unsightly, causing the teeth to look unnaturally long or fang-like. Left untreated, shrinking gums may ultimately lead to tooth loss. 

Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique: An Overview

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is a way to rejuvenate and replace your lost gum tissue without any cutting or stitching whatsoever. The procedure is a fast, almost completely pain-free alternative to conventional gum grafting.

Traditional surgery for gum recession is done through grafting, and requires cutting healthy periodontal tissue from the roof of the mouth. The new, healthy gum is then put over the area where tissue has been lost. Once complete, sutures hold the graft in place while healing begins. Recovery from conventional gum grafting typically lasts for two to three weeks. Bleeding, swelling, and discomfort are likely to occur with gum grafts.

The Procedure for Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique should be performed on healthy gums. Treatment for any existing gum disease should be completed before beginning the procedure. Once the periodontal tissue has healed, Dr. Ma begins by making a tiny hole in the upper part of your gum using a small needle. A special dental instrument is then placed in the hole to gently shift the gums down into a healthy position. Once the recessed gums are corrected, tiny collagen strips are inserted to help stabilize the healing periodontal tissue.

Thanks to the significant blood supply and collagen naturally in the gums, as well as a minimally-invasive surgery, recovery from the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is remarkably fast. The small hole shrinks and the tissue is rejuvenated often in as little as one night -- for an almost instant cosmetic improvement.

Benefits of Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique

Compared to other options in periodontal surgery, the benefits of the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique are significant. They include…

  • Scalpel and suture-free
  • No visible stitches during the recovery
  • Minimal pain, swelling, and bleeding
  • All healthy gum tissue stays intact
  • Instant cosmetic improvement

Preventing Gum Recession

Of course, it is best if you never require treatment for gum recession at all. To keep your periodontal tissue healthy, make sure you maintain good dental hygiene habits. Brush your teeth gently, using a soft bristled brush and small, circular motions, twice a day. Set a timer to reach the two minute mark every time. And after you have brushed your teeth at night, do not forget to remove leftover food particles, plaque, and bacteria with dental floss.

In addition to maintaining good hygiene at home, visit your dentist every six months for a preventive checkup and cleaning. Quit smoking or tobacco use and maintain a nutritious diet to promote long-lasting periodontal health.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

You do not have to live with recessed gums and sensitive teeth any longer. Learn about the revolutionary Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique from Dr. Ma, the dentist in Palm Beach Gardens. Schedule an appointment today!