Dr. Gary Kinder performs the Chao Pinhole® Technique at his Knoxville, TN, dental practice to improve the appearance of receding gums for an almost instant cosmetic enhancement. Traditionally, gum recession treatments require soft tissue grafting, sutures, an extensive recovery, and a higher risk for complications. But with this technique, the treatment is scalpel-free, and patients can look forward to minimal bleeding and swelling after the procedure.
What is Gum Recession?
Gum recession is the loss of soft tissue surrounding the tooth and along the gum line, exposing the base of the tooth and the tooth’s roots. When this happens, it causes gaps or pockets to form between the teeth and gum line. If left untreated, it can lead to dental sensitivity, plaque and bacteria buildup, tooth decay, tooth loss, and jawbone degeneration.
Compared to traditional treatments, this technique is scalpel-free, suture-free, and graft-free.
Gum recession is generally caused by poor oral healthcare, hormonal changes, periodontal disease, aggressive tooth brushing, heredity, smoking, and the natural aging process. Once severe recession has occurred, the only way to restore the appearance and health of your gums is through traditional soft tissue grafting or the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique. Patients must have addressed any signs of active gum disease, either through scaling and root planing or another periodontal treatment, in order to be considered good candidates.
What is the Chao Pinhole Technique?
The Chao Pinhole Technique was created by Dr. John Chao as a minimally invasive procedure to treat the effects of gum recession. Compared to traditional treatments, this technique is scalpel-free, suture-free, and graft-free. The overall procedure involves a small needle and a special dental instrument to gently slide gums back into place.
Before beginning the procedure, Dr. Kinder will administer a local anesthetic to numb the surrounding gum tissue where gum recession has taken place. Once you are comfortable, he will use a small needle to create a pinhole above the gum line. He will then insert a special dental instrument through the hole to loosen and expand the gum tissue with gentle movements, guiding the gums back into a healthy position. Dr. Kinder will then insert small collagen strips through the hole to help stabilize the gums.
The procedure typically takes about one to two hours, and you can return to your normal activities soon after. The pinhole will close overnight and patients will immediately notice a more symmetrical gum line the next day. To ensure a smooth recovery, we recommend keeping the surgical site clean and avoiding anything abrasive that might irritate the gums.