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Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation

Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, also known as Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™, was invented and patented by John Chao, DDS. It is a scalpel-free, suture-free, graft-free, minimally invasive procedure for correcting gum recession and saving teeth.

What causes gum recession?

  • Periodontal disease
  • Aggressive tooth brushing
  • Insufficient dental care
  • Hormonal changes
  • Tobacco products
  • Grinding and clenching teeth
  • Crooked teeth or a misaligned bite
  • Body piercing of the lip or tongue

What is the procedure?

Through a small hole made by a needle, specially designed instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue and glide it over the receded part of the tooth. Since there is no cutting or stitching, patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms. Patients are pleasantly surprised by the instant cosmetic improvement. Most patients are able to resume light, normal activities within 24-48 hours after treatment.

Benefits of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique

  • Corrects gum recession in as little as one treatment session
  • Minimizes discomfort and swelling
  • Generates long-term results
  • Heals in 24 hours, in most cases
  • Prevents tooth loss and the need for other costly procedures
  • Enhances a more youthful and attractive appearance
  • Improved overall self-esteem

What are the consequences of gum recession?

Gum recession is the process in which the margin of the gum tissue that protects the teeth wears away, or pulls back, exposing more of the tooth root. When gum recession occurs, "pockets," or gaps form between the teeth and gum line, therefore, making it easy for disease-causing bacteria to build up and destroy teeth. If left untreated, the supporting tissue and bone structures of the teeth can be severely damaged and may ultimately result in tooth loss and even severe health consequences.

Most people who suffer from gum recession do not even know they have it, as it occurs very gradually. The first sign of gum recession is usually tooth sensitivity, or you may notice teeth that look longer than normal. Typically, a notch can be felt near the gum line. Early detection and treatment is essential to maintaining overall health and saving teeth.