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Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique

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Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique

A New Minimally Invasive Treatment For Receding Gums… Now Available in Sacramento, CA


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With a variety of causes that include gum disease, the normal aging process, or even brushing too much, receding gums can have superficial side effects as well as oral health implications such as tooth sensitivity and tooth loss. So if you find yourself concerned by the unsightly appearance of receding gums, then consider choosing the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique.
Invented by Los Angeles dentist Dr. John Chao, this procedure requires no cutting, no sutures and virtually no downtime, making it a much better alternative to grafting surgery. Even better, our own Dr. Jayson Chalmers is among the first group of dentists and periodontists to be trained in this new technique!

Standard treatment for receding gums is grafting surgery, an invasive procedure in which a section of gum tissue is taken from the palate and sewn onto the affected area. Because of the pain and recovery time, dentists can usually treat only one or two teeth at a time, then wait for the patient to heal before treating additional teeth. For a patient with several recessions, the treatment process could take months or even years.

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique takes just a few minutes per tooth and most importantly, multiple teeth may be treated at the same time, allowing patients to have healthy, normal-looking gums with a minimum of inconvenience.


Receding Gums? – Pin Hole Surgery Case Study


The Treatment Process

The area of gum recession is numbed with a local anesthetic and one or two small entry points (about the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen) are made in the gum area near the tooth or teeth to be treated.
A small dental instrument is inserted into the entry point to loosen the gum tissues and move them back into a normal, healthy position. Then tiny collagen strips are placed through the entry point under the gums. This collagen helps to keep the gums in place during the healing process. The treatment takes about 20 minutes to an hour or so, depending on the number of teeth treated, and the entry site quickly heals and the pinhole is virtually undetectable by the next day. Some patients may experience mild swelling, which dissipates in a few days.

Tested, Proven Results

A 33-month study of 43 patients with 121 gum recessions using the Pinhole Surgical Technique was published in the October 2012 issue of The International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry. The results of this study were as successful as traditional gum grafting procedures which require cutting and sutures, while patients who underwent the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ reported virtually no pain, no bleeding and high satisfaction with a rapid transformation of the defective gum line. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2012; 32: 521-531.)

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