Dentists Introduce An Easier Treatment For Gum Recession

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Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ offers an alternative to traditional gum grafting surgery, which requires cutting gum tissue from the roof of the mouth and sewing it into place over the receded areas. "This new treatment for gum recession is done through tiny ‘pinholes’ which heal virtually overnight," says the inventor, Dr. John Chao.

The 'Pinhole'™ treatment takes just a few minutes per tooth and multiple teeth may be treated at the same time, through small entry points made in the gums which heal virtually overnight

Gum recession can affect people at any age. If left untreated gum recession can progress, leading to tooth sensitivity and possible tooth loss. Aggressive brushing is a major contributing factor to gum recession. The normal aging process, periodontal gum disease and orthodontia (wearing of braces) can also cause the gums to recede. Although the standard treatment for receding gums has been gum grafting surgery, a minimally invasive treatment known as Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ is now being introduced by many dental professionals.

Patients are often reluctant to comply with their dentist’s recommendation to consider conventional gum grafting because they perceive the procedure to be a painful process that requires invasive surgery and considerable recovery time. Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ eliminates the approach of cutting and transferring gum tissue from the roof of the mouth, then sewing the tissue into place to cover the areas of recession. "The 'Pinhole'™ treatment takes just a few minutes per tooth and multiple teeth may be treated at the same time, through small entry points made in the gums which heal virtually overnight,” says Los Angeles dentist Dr. John Chao, who holds patents on the technique and on the special dental instruments used in the treatment.

“When patients learn that their receding gums can be treated without a scalpel or stitches they often feel more comfortable about accepting necessary treatment," says Dr. Chao. “With the Pinhole Technique™ trained dental professionals lift and loosen the gums through one or two small entry points which are made above the teeth to be treated. Specially designed dental instruments are then used to lift and guide the gums down over the receded areas of the tooth or teeth. Next, small strips of collagen are inserted through the pinholes to stabilize the gums,” says Dr. Chao. “Most patients can resume their regular activities and eat regular meals almost immediately, with little or no pain,” he says.

Also known as the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™ the treatment is now offered by over 300 general dentists and periodontists around the world. Dr. Chao is currently conducting ongoing training classes in Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ for dental professionals.

For more information or to locate a dental professional trained in the new procedure visit or call 888-603-2953.

A peer-reviewed study of 43 patients with 121 gum recessions using the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ was published in the October 2012, issue of The International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry. The results of this study show the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ to be as successful as traditional gum grafting procedures which require cutting and sutures, while patients who underwent the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ reported virtually no pain, no bleeding and high satisfaction with a rapid transformation of the defective gum line. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2012; 32: 521-531.)

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