Are you suffering from gum recession, due to advanced gum disease? The Chao Pinhole surgical technique is an innovative treatment that can reverse gum recession and salvage your smile. Not only is gum recession unsightly, but it can also severely weaken the strength of your teeth and even lead to tooth loss.
In the past, the only treatment available for severe gum recession was a traditional gum graft. Gum grafts are considered so painful that they are only performed as
Fortunately, with advancements in dental technology and techniques, we can now stop your gum recession with an easy and relatively pain-free treatment, before it becomes too severe.
The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive treatment that treats gum recession without grafting or sutures. The dental office of Gregory J. Toone DDS in Lynchburg, VA offers the Chao Pinhole technique for patients suffering from advanced gum disease and gum recession.
Gum recession, sometimes referred to as gingival recession, occurs when your gum tissue starts to pull away from your teeth, and you lose gum tissue along your natural gumline, exposing the roots of your teeth. There are many causes of gum recession, but most common causes, include:
Brushing and flossing too aggressively
Genetics and certain diseases, like diabetes and heart disease
Overcrowded or misaligned teeth
Grinding your teeth, also known as bruxism, can cause gum recession along with an array of other dental disorders
Trauma to the gums from a contact injury or other dental trauma
The biggest cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene from lack of flossing, professional cleaning, and brushing
Your course of treatment for gum disease will generally depend on the severity of your problem. Mild cases of gum recession can be addressed by beginning a rigorous flossing and brushing routine. More severe cases of gum recession will require periodontal treatments, like scaling and root planing or the Chao Pinhole treatment.
It is not uncommon for patients to ignore gum recession, until it is too late. In fact, the leading cause of tooth loss in adults is periodontal disease. When gum recession progresses, the root of the tooth becomes uncovered, opening the door for tooth decay on the delicate tooth structure underneath the gum line.
The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is an innovative, minimally-invasive treatment for gum recession invented by John Chao, DDS. During a Chao Pinhole Surgical Treatment, we will use a needle to make a small hole in the gum tissue, hence the name “pinhole.”
We will then use special instruments to loosen the gum tissue and expand the gum line over the exposed tooth root. During a Chao Pinhole treatment, there is no use of sutures, grafts, or incisions. Instead, the treatment effectively repositions the existing gum tissue for a more healthy smile.
he Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique offers a lot of benefits, including:
Minimal discomfort during the healing process
A faster and more convenient recovery time than traditional gum grafts
Does not require painful scalpels or invasive surgical devices
Does not require painful sutures
Does not require donor tissue or grafts from your own palate
ffective rejuvenates and repairs the gum tissue for long-lasting cosmetic and health benefits