Chao Pinhole Gum Surgery
What Is Gum Recession?
The leading cause of gum recession is periodontal (gum) disease. Other causes include trauma, over-brushing, poor oral hygiene, genetics, hormonal changes, tobacco use, crooked teeth, and bruxism (teeth grinding). Gum recession can result in exposed roots, leading to major tooth sensitivity. It can also lead to teeth that appear longer and are at a greater risk of decay, infection, and extraction.
Periodontal disease is an infection caused by the harmful bacteria found in plaque. Over time, this infection can spread the gums, connective tissues, and even the underlying jawbone. Eventually, tooth loss will occur. Gum recession is a major symptom of advanced periodontal disease and usually requires immediate treatment.
The Chao Pinhole Surgical Procedure
During your consultation appointment, Dr. Cassity will determine if you are a suitable candidate for Chao pinhole gum surgery. If you have gum recession, but still have areas of healthy periodontal tissue, you should qualify for treatment. Chao pinhole gum surgery can be an effective alternative to traditional gum grafting.
The Chao pinhole technique is scalpel and suture-free. Even though discomfort is minimal, we begin with a local anesthetic to numb the area. During the actual procedure, we use a needle to make a tiny hole near the recessed gum tissue. Next, we will use a special hand tool to loosen the healthy tissue underneath gently. This makes it possible for us to slide the healthy tissue over the recessed area.
The new tissue will eventually heal over the deteriorated gums and cover the exposed root structure. This eliminates the need to remove healthy tissue from other areas of the mouth, such as the palate. The procedure usually takes one to two hours to complete.
Benefits of Chao Pinhole Gum Surgery
The Chao pinhole technique had some benefits over traditional gum recession treatments. Eliminating the need for scalpels and sutures makes the procedure much more minimally-invasive. It can also lead to a faster, more comfortable procedure and healing period.
The results of Chao pinhole surgery are also permanent. Once your tissue is fully regenerated, be sure to practice proper oral hygiene. Regular brushing and flossing can help ensure your gum recession does not return. Follow these steps, and your gums should stay healthy for years to come!
The surgery improves not only your oral health but also the aesthetics of your smile. Pink, full, and healthy-looking gums are just as important to your smile as your teeth. With the Chao pinhole technique, we can strike a better balance between your teeth and gums. Talk with Dr. Cassity to learn more about the amazing benefits of Chao pinhole gum surgery during your consultation.