Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gumline. This can occur as a result of periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, advanced periodontitis), the natural aging process, or abrasive habits when it comes to brushing the teeth, or clenching and grinding.
Recession occurs once bone has already been lost. This causes the root structure of the tooth to become exposed. This means that tooth decay and other problems can affect the teeth along the gumline and beneath it. In addition, with less bone and gums, the foundation holding the teeth in is compromised and if left untreated could lead to eventual tooth loss. Since healthy gums and bone are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is important for lasting dental wellness and keeping your teeth.
Traditional gum recession treatments involve the use of donor tissue or soft tissue grafts in order to rebuild the gumline. This soft tissue would be sutured in place and would join with existing gum tissue as it healed. While this traditional grafting treatment is effective, it often comes with more pain and longer recovery time for the patient. Comparable results with better patient experience, little to no pain, and a quicker recovery can be achieved through the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique.
During the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, a needle is used to make a small hole in the patient's existing gum tissue. Through this pinhole, special instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue. These tools help expand and slide the gumline to cover the exposed root structure. There are no grafts, no sutures, and no incisions needed with the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique. It simply involves the adjustment of your own existing tissue. It's like a facelift for your gums!
The benefits of the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique are many:
To learn if you're a candidate for the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, call our office at (770) 623-8750 to schedule a consultation.