Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gum line. This can occur naturally overtime as a result of aging, periodontal disease, or abrasive brushing habits. Gums are in place to protect the root structure of your tooth. If the root is exposed, the likelihood of experiencing tooth decay and other mouth problems increases; healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth.

If you have noticed gum recession, the Pinhole Surgical Technique may be right for you. We recommend this minimally invasive alternative for more complicated gum recession procedures.

We begin by creating a small pinhole where the gum recession is presented. Once the small pinhole has been made, special instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue. This approach does not utilize stitches; instead, we use collagen strips that hold the gum tissue in place.

The primary advantage to this technique is that multiple teeth can be treated at once. More traditional approaches require multiple sessions. Our goal is to make this process as seamless and as painless as possible, which is why our doctors are highly trained to perform the Pinhole Surgical Technique. Rest assured, the recovery period is less painful and quicker with this approach.

The benefits of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique are many:

  • Less Discomfort for the patient after treatment.
  • Faster recovery for the patient than traditional grafting.
  • No need for uncomfortable sutures.
  • No need for scalpels or invasive surgical tools.
  • No need to take donor tissue from the patients palate.
  • Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results.

If you have any questions about this technique or would like to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to call us today at (818) 348-8898!