Receding Gums Treatment
Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, also known as Chao Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation®, is a breakthrough gum graft alternative treatment for gum recession. Natomas Crossing Dental Care is one of only a few locations in the Sacramento area that offers this revolutionary gum recession surgery.
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What is gum recession?
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, trauma to the teeth, grinding or abrasive habits when it comes to brushing the teeth.
Why should gum recession be taken seriously?
When gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed. This means that tooth decay, loss of tooth structure, and other problems can affect the teeth along the gumline and beneath it. It is also common to experience painful sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures with receding gums. Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is important for lasting dental wellness.
What is the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST)?
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST is incision and suture free. With pinhole surgery, the dentist uses a needle to create tiny holes, or entry points, above the affected area. The specialized instruments carefully reposition the gum tissue to cover the exposed areas of the tooth. All of the tools and techniques used to perform the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique were created by Dr. John Chao.
How does pinhole gum surgery in Sacramento differ from traditional gum grafting?
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. In many cases, tissue grafts have a recovery period of several weeks, and patients may experience swelling, bruising and bleeding.
Unlike other surgical procedures that can take over a year from start to completion, PST can typically be completed on multiple teeth in a single appointment with less discomfort and a much faster recovery period than traditional grafting methods.
How is it performed?
During the Chao Pinhole® surgery, 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 the existing tissue, and only local anesthetic is needed. Collagen strips are used on the affected areas to stabilize the gum flap and to stimulate the body’s internal collagen production for continued improvement.
What are the benefits of this procedure?
Using this technique, dentists can provide an alternative treatment for gum recession that requires no grafting or sutures and an overall improved patient experience. Following surgery, patients have a rejuvenated gumline. Improvement in the appearance is virtually immediate, and the small entry points heal overnight.
The benefits of pinhole gum rejuvenation 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 patient’s palate
- Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results
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