Chao Pinhole Gum Surgery™

Receding gum tissue can be unsightly as well as uncomfortable, exposing yellow tooth roots which make a person look older, and leading to tooth sensitivity and even tooth loss.

Treatment for receding gums used to be limited to painful oral surgery, where gum tissue was harvested from the palate and sutured into place. Only one tooth could be treated at a time, and recovery was slow and uncomfortable.

However, a minimally invasive surgery for receding gums has recently been developed by Los Angeles dentist Dr. John Chao. The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™, also known as Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™, involves no cutting, no suturing and no downtime.

How Does Pinhole Gum Surgery Work?

Using a local anesthetic, your dentist numbs the area of the gums to be treated. Then one or two tiny “pinholes” are made in the gum tissue. Using a special instrument designed by Dr. Chao, the gums are gently loosened and adjusted to cover the tooth roots. Tiny collagen strips are inserted through the pinholes to hold the gum tissue in place while it heals.

Depending on how many teeth need to be treated, the procedure takes from 20 minutes to an hour. The pinholes close up on their own with no need for downtime, and the result is more normal, healthy-looking gums.

Benefits of Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation

The benefits of pinhole gum surgery for gum recession include:

  • A healthier, younger-looking smile
  • Less tooth sensitivity due to tooth root exposure
  • Protection from further damage, including tooth loss
  • Fewer visits since multiple teeth can be treated in one sitting
  • No cutting, stitches or downtime
  • Low risk of complications (some patients experience mild swelling for a few days following treatment)

Dr. Singh is one of the few area dentists to be trained in this revolutionary technique. If you are experiencing gum recession due to gingivitis (gum disease), age or improper tooth brushing techniques, schedule your consultation today.