Over time, your gums can begin to pull back, leaving portions of your teeth exposed. This is called gum recession, and it can cause gaps to form in between your teeth and gum line. This can cosmetically alter the appearance of your smile, and can also lead to a buildup of bacteria, which can result in damage to your teeth, gums, and bone.
Gum recession often goes unnoticed for long periods of time because it occurs so gradually. There are many causes for gingival recession, including periodontal diseases, genetics, incorrect tooth brushing, changes in hormones, tobacco, bruxism, and insufficient dental care. Some common signs of gum recession are exposed tooth, swollen red gums, separation between teeth, loose teeth, and bleeding while brushing your teeth.
The Chao Pinhole® technique is a revolutionary breakthrough in regards to correcting gum recession. Traditional surgical techniques for correcting receding gums involved scalpels, sutures, and long recovery periods.
With the Chao Pinhole® technique,we make a tiny hole in the gums with a needle. Through this incision, we use small tools to loosen the existing gum tissue and help to prod it into place on the overly exposed portion of the tooth. Because of the nature of this surgery, there are no aggressive cuts made in your gums and mouth. This leads to a much shorter recovery time and an overall safer and less invasive surgery.
With the Chao technique, there is no need for gum donor tissue or a gum graft from your own mouth. Because there are no stitches, there is also a shorter recovery time and much less patient pain and discomfort compared to traditional gum surgeries. Patients can also enjoy cosmetic improvement almost instantly. Overall the Chao Pinhole® technique is reinventing the treatment of gingival recession.
If you are suffering from receding gums and overly exposed teeth, give our office a call today. Together, we can decide if the Chao Pinhole® Technique is the right option for your treatment plan.