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Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique – Lakewood, CO

A Less Invasive Way to Treat Gum Recession

Woman smiling after Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique in Lakewood

Gum recession is a common problem. It may occur due to genetics, gum disease, or a range of other factors. Over time, it can affect your smile’s aesthetics and cause you to suffer from increased tooth sensitivity. What can you do to reverse gum recession? A soft tissue graft is the most common method that dentists use to address this problem. However, the team at Lakewood Complete Dentistry offers a less invasive alternative: the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique.

How the Surgery Works

Two dental professionals performing gum surgery on patient

During the surgery, your dentist creates a tiny hole in the gums (about the size of a pinhole). Through that hole, they gently repositionsthe gum tissue, stretching it and bringing it downward or upward so it covers more of the tooth’s surface. Collagen strips help to keep the gums in their new position.

This surgical technique is in stark contrast to a traditional gum graft, which requires that tissue be taken from a donor or from another part of the patient’s mouth. The new tissue is sutured onto the gums.

Benefits of the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique

Close-up of healthy smile with no gum recession

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique offers numerous advantages:

  • It is efficient. The minimally invasive nature of the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique means that it is often possible to treat all areas of gum recession at once. With soft tissue grafting, the entire procedure may take several sessions.
  • It is cost-effective. In many cases, the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique costs less than a traditional gum graft because it can be completed in a single appointment.
  • It is comfortable. No sutures or scalpels are necessary for the Chao Pinhole Technique. It is virtually painless.
  • The recovery time is quick. You may be able to resume your normal activities on the same day as your surgery. You will need to take some precautions to protect your gums for several weeks, but your smile will be back to feeling its best in no time!

Are You a Candidate?

Dentist and patient discussing Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique

Our team will be happy to examine your mouth and let you know whether the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is right for you. It may be ideal if you are concerned about the aesthetic consequences of gum recession or are dealing with painful tooth sensitivity because recession has exposed your tooth roots.

In general, candidates for the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique:

  • Do not smoke. Tobacco usage can interfere with the healing process after the surgery.
  • Do not have active gum disease. Your gum tissue should be healthy enough to withstand the stress of surgery. If you are currently struggling with unhealthy gums, gum disease therapy in Lakewood may be able to help.
  • Have an adequate amount of gum tissue. There must be enough tissue to be stretched during the procedure.
  • Are in fair oral and overall health. You should be free of any conditions that could interfere with your ability to heal after surgery.

Would you like to learn more about the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique? Contact us today to schedule your consultation.