Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Burke, VA
A breakthrough treatment for gum recession.
Why Are My Gums Receding?
When an individual’s gums pull away from his or her teeth, periodontal disease is usually the culprit, although vigorous tooth brushing or tobacco use can cause gum recession as well.
Why Is it Important to Treat Receding Gums?
When gums recede, they expose the roots of the teeth that they are supposed to protect, leaving the teeth vulnerable to bacteria-causing decay. Gums can recede so gradually that few of us realize that our teeth are becoming longer, putting us at risk for tooth loss.
Is the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique New?
The Chao Pinhole® technique is used to treat receding gums. It is a welcome new treatment for many patients who thought their only option was a gum graft. The technique has proven its long-term effectiveness. Dr. Chao John, the creator of this innovative approach to gum recession, has been training dentists and periodontists across the country in the technique, including our doctor.
How Does the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) Differ from Traditional Gum Grafting?
The PST isn’t a gum grafting procedure. It produces the same gum rejuvenation results, only faster. In some cases, patients can see results in just a few hours compared to the month an extensive gum graft can take. PST produces results so quickly that some people call it a lunchtime gum graft.
How Does a Dentist Perform the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique?
The technique is ingeniously simple. First, our doctor will create a small pinhole in the gum where recession is occurring. Next, he or she will use specialized instruments to move the gum into the correct position. Finally, our doctor uses tiny collagen strips, which fit through the pinhole, to hold the gum tissue until the gums produce their own new collagen. The pinhole heals in a day or two.
How Do Patients Benefit from the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique?
Patients have their gums repaired without a tissue graft and a long recovery period. Patients feel less discomfort afterwards, so they don’t have to take time off of work to recuperate. Perhaps the biggest benefit is the individuals do not avoid getting the treatment they need for their oral health because they are afraid of gum grafting surgery.