Pinhole Surgical Technique
If you feel that receding gums are detracting from the beauty of your smile, Implant and Family Dentistry can perform the Chao® Pinhole Surgical Technique at our Memphis, TN office. With the aid of special dental instruments, this technique helps restore the balance and aesthetics of your gum line without using scalpels, sutures, or tissue grafts.
Throughout his 35-year career in the dental field, Dr. Hacker and his team have been dedicated to providing patients with personalized treatment plans and the latest techniques. We are here to support your dental health in a comfortable environment.
Because the Chao Pinhole Surgical technique is gentler on the mouth, patients recover much faster than from traditional options.
What Is The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique?
The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique was invented by Dr. John Chao as a less invasive alternative to gum tissue grafting surgery. Because soft tissue grafting uses scalpels, sutures, and the removal of large portions of tissue from other parts of the mouth, it is usually only recommended when absolutely necessary. In contrast, the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique delivers exceptional results with minimal pain and bleeding, making it suitable as a cosmetic treatment for gum recession.
Am I A Good Candidate?
While the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is effective in combatting gum recession, it cannot treat underlying health issues. Typically, it is suitable for candidates with good oral health, but who are unhappy with how gum recession is affecting their smile.
If there are more serious underlying conditions like periodontal disease or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) tied to recession, they must be treated first. In some cases, soft tissue grafting may be a more suitable treatment for your needs. Before recommending the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, Dr. Hacker must first examine your gums to ensure that it is the most appropriate option for your oral health.
Where traditional options can require several days to weeks for a full recovery, the Chao Pinhole technique is much gentler on the mouth.
What to Expect During Your Appointment
Prior to the procedure, our team will administer anesthesia to minimize any discomfort. Once it takes effect, the doctor will place a series of minor pinhole incisions above the crown of your teeth. Through these holes, he can reposition soft tissue over the exposed portions of your teeth. After gentling moving this tissue, we can then place a series of small collagen strips between the teeth and gums to hold the gums in place and encourage tissue growth. The entire procedure typically lasts about an hour, though this may vary depending on how many teeth need treatment.
One of the biggest benefits of the procedure is minimized recovery time. Where traditional options can require several days to weeks for a full recovery, the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is much gentler on the mouth. As a result, most patients usually recover within a day or two of the procedure.