Receding gums leave the roots of the teeth exposed, causing serious symptoms such as tooth sensitivity and increased vulnerability to decay.
So what makes the Chao Pinhole Technique unique?
The Chao Pinhole surgical technique treats gum recession by repositioning nearby tissue. During the procedure, Dr. Patil will:
- Numb the gums and administer sedation, if needed
- Insert a specially designed instrument through a tiny entry point—or pinhole—above the affected tooth
- Gently loosen the gum tissue and guide it into a healthy position over the teeth
- Place tiny strips of collagen to stabilize the treatment area
What Causes Gum Recession?
When you have receding gums, your gums pull back from your teeth and expose the surfaces of the roots. Some people are naturally disposed to receding gums by heredity. Receding gums in women can also be brought on by hormonal changes or pregnancy. Other causes can include:
- Brushing your teeth too aggressively or with a toothbrush that is too hard
- Flossing incorrectly
- Chewing on pens or other hard objects
- Teeth grinding
- Injury to the gums
Receding gums may be associated with diseases affecting the general health of the patient, such as diabetes or HIV. Smoking and the use of other tobacco products can also contribute to receding gums. Finally, the condition could be the simple result of poor oral hygiene. As part of your treatment plan, Dr. Patil can instruct you on techniques to maintain better oral health.
Dr. Patil prefers the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique because it is quicker and less invasive compared to traditional gum grafting techniques. It involves a lower risk of complications and is a more comfortable procedure. Here, we will discuss the many benefits of the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique and explain why this treatment is quickly becoming the preferred method for treating gum recession.
Traditional Gum Grafting: A Brief Overview
For decades, the only option for addressing gum recession was gum grafting. During this procedure, an incision is made along the gums, and the tissue is moved back away from the teeth so the surgeon can access the root and underlying jawbone. Next, a tissue graft is placed over the teeth roots. Finally, the gum tissue is repositioned over the roots and sutured into place.
A traditional gum graft results in post-surgical bleeding and pain. In many cases, the graft must be taken from the roof of the mouth, which causes further discomfort and prolongs the recovery process.
Why We Prefer the Pinhole Technique
Because the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is minimally invasive, recovery is much faster and more comfortable than conventional methods. Benefits of the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique include:
- No scalpels, incisions, or stitches: The Chao Technique is performed through a small pinhole-sized opening in the gums. This eliminates the need for scalpels and incisions, therefore causing significantly less bleeding and discomfort following the procedure. Because the gums do not have to be moved back from the teeth during the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, no sutures are required to reposition them.
- More efficient treatment: If multiple areas of recession need to be addressed, it takes several sessions to treat them using traditional grafting techniques. By using the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, Dr. Patil can treat multiple areas in a single session. This makes the treatment a much more convenient fit for your busy schedule and allows you to consolidate recovery time.
Fortunately, restoring recessed gum tissue does not have to involve incisions, sutures, or a long, uncomfortable recovery.
- Minimal discomfort: In many cases, traditional gum grafting involves taking tissue from the roof of the mouth. As you can imagine, this can be quite uncomfortable. The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique simply repositions nearby tissue to restore areas of gum recession, and this requires no incisions. Those who opt for the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique experience far less post-operative discomfort compared to those who undergo traditional gum grafting.
Why You Should Choose Dr. Patil for Gum Rejuvenation
Dr. Patil is board certified in periodontics, a specialty requiring years of training above and beyond general dentistry. Through an accelerated program, Dr. Patil earned both his B.S. and D.D.S. in seven years. His continuing passion to expand his knowledge led him to complete a Ph.D. in Oral Biology. Training in Periodontics at Columbia University further expanded the breadth of his skills. He has maintained his academic connections, leading to publication in eight prestigious journals. He has also received numerous awards. A member of several professional organizations, he shares his knowledge through lectures and presentations at both the regional and national levels. In 2012, Dr. Patil acquired Periodontal Associates, which has been serving the Englewood area community for 40 years. Pinhole gum rejuvenation is just one of the advanced techniques he embraces to treat periodontal problems and ensure the sustained oral health of his patients. Dr. Patil cares about every patient and makes it a point to contact each one personally after a procedure, to ensure that they are responding well to treatment.
Periodontal Associates, LLC
At Periodontal Associates, LLC, we want to help our patients get back to living their lives as quickly and safely as possible. Chetan Patil, PhD, DDS, and his team pride themselves on their flexible financing options, extensive continuing education, and personalized care.
To experience this level of care firsthand, request an appointment online or call us at (201) 567-7766.
“Dr. Patil and his staff could not be more professional. They take the time to talk to you and explain what will be done. I am constantly surprised at how little pain is associated with the procedures they perform.” Jack T.