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Chao Pinhole® Technique

Santa Monica Bay Dental

Dentists located in Santa Monica, CA

Having receding gums is a serious issue that should not be overlooked, but many men and women in the Los Angeles area are fearful of gum-grafting procedures. The Chao PinholeⓇ Surgical Technique offers a solution and is among the advanced procedures available at Santa Monica Bay Dental, located in Santa Monica, California. Learn more during a face-to-face consultation, which you can book online or by phone today.

Chao Pinhole® Technique Q & A

What is the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique?

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive approach to reversing gingival recession or receding gums. It’s also commonly called pinhole gum rejuvenation or a lunchtime gum lift. 

This technique is a great option if you have receding gums but are hesitant about a traditional soft tissue gum graft. It does require healthy gum tissue, however, so if you have active gum disease you’ll need to go through treatment prior to moving forward with a Chao Pinhole procedure. 

Why are my gums receding?

Gum recession is a condition in which your gum tissue becomes pushed back from your teeth or wears away, exposing a portion of your tooth root. There are a number of factors that can lead to receding gums. 

Poor oral hygiene is a common cause of a gingival recession. But not all men and women who have receding gums have suboptimal dental hygiene. There is a genetic component to receding gums, and conditions that cause inflammation can also wear away gum tissue. 

Brushing too hard or using a toothbrush with hard bristles can also lead to receding gums. Misaligned teeth or even damage from previous dental treatments can also be a causal factor. 

Left untreated, receding gums can expose the roots of your teeth to bacteria, plaque, and decay. 

How does the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique work?

You’ll receive medication to numb the treatment area, so there is no discomfort during the procedure. The process involves creating a small pinhole in the tissue above the receding gums. Special dental instruments are inserted through that tiny hole to create a flap in the tissue. 

Next, the now-dislodged tissue is maneuvered over the exposed tooth root to provide proper protection. Small strips of collagen membrane are pushed through the pinhole and into the space between your gum tissue and tooth, supporting the gums in their new position and helping them heal swiftly. 

If you’d like to learn more about what the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique can do for your receding gums, call the office today to book a consultation or spend a few moments on the online booking page to find a time that fits your busy schedule.