New London, CT, Periodontist, Dr. Gregory Toback, is Now Certified in a Minimally Invasive Gum Recession Treatment

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New London, CT, periodontist, Dr. Gregory Toback, is now certified in The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™, a minimally invasive alternative to traditional gum grafting surgery.

Dr. Gregory Toback, a New London, CT, periodontist, is now certified to offer a minimally invasive treatment alternative for repairing gum recession. As one of the first dental professionals in the country to undergo training for The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™, Dr. Toback is at the forefront of a completely new approach to gum recession treatment, spearheaded by its inventor, Los Angeles dentist, Dr. John Chao.

Receding gums occur when the tissue surrounding the teeth begins to wear away, exposing more of the tooth or the tooth’s root. Gum recession causes periodontal pockets or gaps to form between the teeth and gum, creating a breeding ground for bacteria. Gum recession affects people of all ages due to a multitude of reasons, including overly aggressive brushing, hormonal changes, grinding and clenching, and gum disease. Receding gums are often the first physical manifestation of periodontal disease. If left untreated, the infection will progress and severely damage the supporting tissue and bone structures, ultimately resulting in tooth loss.

Prior to The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™, conventional gum grafting surgery was the only option available for restoring patients’ gum lines. This traditional gum recession treatment method necessitates cutting tissue from the palate and suturing it to the receded areas. Because traditional gum grafting surgery is more invasive and requires a recovery period for healing, doctors can only treat a couple of teeth in a single session. Consequently, it could take months or even years for a patient with significant recession to complete treatment using conventional gum grafting surgery.

With The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™, also known as Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™, treatment can be completed in a single session, which typically lasts between 20 minutes to an hour. Dr. Toback can treat multiple teeth simultaneously with Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ and each tooth takes only minutes to complete. In addition to minimal pain, bleeding, or swelling, most patients see an instant cosmetic improvement following the minimally invasive procedure.

When performing The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™, Dr. Toback creates a tiny pinhole near the receded areas. Using a patented dental instrument, he then gently guides the loosened tissue over the affected areas and back to a normal, healthy position. The last step entails placing tiny strips of collagen through the entry point under the gums to help keep them in place during the healing process. By the next day, the pinhole is almost undetectable and the point of entry quickly heals. Any mild swelling dissipates within a few days.

To learn more about The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™, please visit or call (860) 333-1531 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Toback today.

About the Doctor

Shoreline Periodontics is a periodontal practice offering personalized dental care for patients in New London, CT, since 1998. Leading periodontist, Dr. Gregory A. Toback, received his B.A. from St. John’s University and his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Connecticut. He also received advanced training in periodontics and dental implants at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Toback focuses on minimally invasive surgeries, offering the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) and belongs to the one percent of dental professionals currently providing the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) for gum disease treatment and the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™ for treatment of gum recession. To learn more about Shoreline Periodontics and their dental services visit their website at and call (860) 333-1531.

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