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Overcome Gum Recession with the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique

Gum recession can occur over time for a number of reasons, from the presence of gum disease to harsh brushing to the unavoidable aging process. Not only is this condition not very attractive, but it also tends to cause serious oral sensitivity because of the exposed tooth roots and can lead to local infections by creating a gum pocket that constantly lets in bacteria. Patients may also experience tooth decay in these areas.

At Charlottesville Blue Ridge Dental and Crozet Blue Ridge Dental, our dentists are proud to now offer a better way to correct these concerns comfortably and conservatively: the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. Please contact one of our offices today if you have any questions, or if you’re ready to schedule a first appointment.

How does the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique Work?

Patient receiving Chao Pinhole treatmentTraditionally, gum recession treatments will involve the use of a donor’s tissue or a soft tissue graft in order to rebuild the gumline’s original structure. This tissue is typically removed from the patient’s palate and would be sutured in place and joined to the existing tissue in the area of recession for a healing process. The procedure may be effective enough, but it’s nothing compared to the elevated patient experience we can provide with the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique.

This process is very simple. One of our doctors will create a small hole in the patient’s existing gum tissue. Then, using special instruments, they will gradually loosen the gum tissue so that it can expand and slide over the exposed roots once more. There are no grafts or donor tissue used in this process – we only adjust your natural tissue.

What are the Benefits of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique?

  • The process is minimally invasive, with no incisions or sutures to worry about.
  • The patient will experience less discomfort following treatment.
  • The patient will recover faster than if they had undergone traditional grafting.
  • There’s no need for invasive surgical tools like scalpels.
  • The results are natural-looking and long-lasting!