Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Fairfax, VA
A breakthrough treatment for gum recession.
What’s Causing My Gums to Recede?
Periodontal disease is the primary reason for gum recession; although brushing too hard, poorly aligned teeth, and using tobacco products also can cause gums to pull back. Some individuals are predisposed to receding gums.
Why Should I Be Concerned About Gum Recession?
Without treatment for receding gums, an individual may experience gum abscesses, painful gums, and loose teeth. There will be increased sensitivity to hot and cold as well.
Where Is the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique Available?
Dr. Chau has taught the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) to our doctor, who offers it to patients as an alternative to gum grafting. It is minimally invasive and offers patients a more comfortable experience than a gum grafting procedure, with less time spent in the chair.
Why Is the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique so Revolutionary Compared to Traditional Gum Grafting?
Why take soft tissue from the palate or use tissue from a tissue bank for a gum graft when Dr. Chao has made it possible to move existing gum tissue?
Patients don’t hesitate to have their gum recession addressed when they realize that there is a less invasive, less painful alternative to gum grafting.
What Are the Steps in the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique?
There are only a few steps in the procedure. Our doctor will use specially designed instruments to work through a very small hole in the gum, which is about the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen. Our doctor then repositions the gum tissue, sliding it back down to where it belongs. Very tiny collagen strips hold the gum down until it begins producing its own collagen. The procedure only takes about an hour or two.
What Is the Attraction of the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique?
The beauty of the PST is that the doctor does not use a scalpel; there are no sutures and virtually no pain. The patient leaves our office with a small pinhole in their gum, which heals by itself in a few days. Treating gum recession with the Chao PST also results in instant cosmetic improvement; shortening the teeth can give you that dazzling smile you’ve wanted.