Receding Gums


Introducing a Breakthrough Treatment for Gum Recession in Southfield, MI; the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique

What is Gum Recession?

Gum recession occurs when there is a loss of gum tissue along the gum line. Receding gums can occur as a result of periodontal disease, from its mild stages of gingivitis to the advanced stage of periodontitis. Other factors that can cause gum recession include orthodontics, the position of the teeth with respect to the underlying supporting bone of the jaw, the small impact of the natural aging process. It can also be made worst by abrasive tooth brushing.

Why is Gum Recession Serious?

As gums recede, it exposes the root surfaces making them vulnerable to sensitivity, abrasion, root decay and other issues that can occur along and beneath the gum line and can cause bone or tooth loss. Healthy gums are essential for good oral and physical health. And treatment of gum recession is important for long-term dental and general wellness.

What is the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST)?

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive receding gum treatment. Unlike traditional gum grafting options, PST requires no sutures, scalpels or incisions. This specialized technique as well as all the tools used to perform the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique was created by Dr. John Chao. Dr. John Chao also trained Dr. Langberg on this medically reviewed and well-studied technique.


How does the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) differ from Conventional Gum Grafting?

Traditional gum grafting techniques require soft tissue grafts, usually from the palate or the roof of a patient’s mouth, to rebuild the soft gum tissue surrounding their teeth. The soft tissue is sutured to cover the exposed root and joins the existing gum tissue as it heals. “Harvesting” graft tissue from the palate can sometimes be uncomfortable while healing and obviously, this creates 2 separate wound sites that need to heal.

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique vs. Conventional Gum Grafting

Conventional gum grafting treatments can be effective; however, the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique provides comparable results in a shorter time with less discomfort and a better overall patient experience.

How does the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) work?

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique places a small hole in the patient’s existing gum tissue with a small needle. It is through this pinhole that the gum tissue is gently loosened and positioned using special instruments. These patented tools also expand and slide the existing gum line to cover the exposed root with precision. No sutures, no incisions, and no soft tissue grafts are needed with the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. It is a simple adjustment of existing gum tissue.

What are the benefits of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique?

The benefits to the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique include:

  • Little to no post-op discomfort for patients
  • Faster recovery time than traditional gum grafting
  • No uncomfortable sutures required
  • No need to use invasive surgical tools or scalpels for incisions
  • No need for a patient to donate their own soft tissue grafts
  • Superior, natural-looking, long-lasting results in significantly less time

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