Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique
The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is a new development in treating those patients who are experiencing gum recession and is quickly becoming the patient’s treatment of choice over conventional gum grafting surgery.
Gum recession can occur do to a variety of factors, the most common being periodontal disease and excessive brushing using hard toothbrush or inappropriate brushing technique. This often causes the tooth’s root to become exposed and subject to decay. Dental health relies on the health of the whole mouth, including the gums which support the teeth. When gum health is compromised, the health of the tooth and surrounding area is compromised.
The traditional method to treat gum recession has been to graft soft tissue to the site in order to rebuild that area of gum line. This tissue would then heal and join with the existing gum tissues.
The Chao Pinhole technique has been developed as a more non-invasive way to deal with gum recession than traditional grafting. Developed by Dr. John Chao, the Chao Pinhole Technique requires no incision and is suture free.
It is performed by gently loosening the gum tissue through a small pinhole in the gums with specialized tools developed by Chao. These tools enable the dentist to adjust, expand and slide the existing gum line to cover the exposed root. The area is able to heal naturally. No incisions or grafts are required.
The Pinhole Technique allows the patient to experience less discomfort. There is no need for invasive surgical tools, sutures or harvesting donor tissue. And the results are natural looking.
We are dedicated to helping you achieve the beautiful, healthy smile that you deserve. To learn if you are a good candidate for Chao Pinhole technique, contact our cosmetic dentistry office today.
Hello, my name is Dr. Gloria Ospina, with Gables Perfect Smile. I want to introduce you to a new procedure for gum recession that eliminates the need for gum grafting. It is called the Chao pinhole surgery.
Before, people used to get surgery whereby they would remove tissue from the palate and attach to the receding area and they would use sutures. It was very painful for patients. The healing process is doubled in that a patient would have to heal two wounds, one in the palate and one in the surgical recession area.
The pinhole technique is a technique that was created by Dr. Chao in Pasadena, California. The focus is to treat gum recession. The amazing thing about this technique is that there is no suture involved, and uses no tissue from the palate. We insert collagen into the gums through a little pinhole that we create in the gum.
This technique takes about an hour to an hour and 15 minutes for six teeth. It depends a lot on the quality of the tissue. Patients are very satisfied because the post-op is very easy. They get swollen very little in most situations.
- There are no sutures involved.
- The post-op is very fast.
- With this technique, everything is under the gum so the procedure is not going to be visible.
- The results are immediate.
The patient will be anesthetized so they will not feel anything during the procedure. Instructions will be given to the patient before they leave the office to make sure pain stays at a minimum. In most cases, pain can be kept to a minimum with the use of aspirin or ibuprofen.
For more information about the pinhole surgical technique, we invite you to contact us in our Miami dental office at (305) 443-8225.