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Pinhole Surgical Technique

Filed under: Uncategorized Brittany Speed @ 8:19 pm

Cornerstone Dental is thrilled to offer the Pinhole Surgical Technique

A common condition that we see at Cornerstone Dental Arts is gingival recession, or gum recession. Now, the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is available right here in Knoxville, TN

Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique

What is gum recession or gum loss and why does it occur?

Gingival, or gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gumline. This is when the gum tissue pulls back from the tooth, revealing more of the tooth, and even the root. There are several reasons why gingival recession or gum loss may occur, even including abrasive or aggressive brushing on fragile gingival tissue.  Other causes can include abnormal tooth positioning, gum trauma, the natural aging process or periodontal disease.

Why should gum loss be treated?

When gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth can become exposed, which can result in decay and other problems affecting the teeth along the gumline and even beneath it.  In fact, periodontal or gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults.  Healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, so getting gum recession treated is important for long lasting dental wellness.

What is the Pinhole Surgical Technique? 

An innovative, effective treatment option for gum recession that we are thrilled to offer at Cornerstone Dental is the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique.  This breakthrough treatment is minimally invasive, and it is incision and suture free.  It is quickly becoming very popular across the country, and Dr. Jody Griffin worked and trained directly with Dr. John Chao who created this technique.

How is the Pinhole Technique different from traditional gum grafting?

Traditional gum recession treatments involved the use of soft tissue grafts or donor tissue in order to rebuild the gumline.  This soft tissue would be sutured in place and would join existing gum tissue as it healed.

While this traditional grafting treatment is effective, comparable results with a significantly better patient experience can be achieved through the Pinhole Surgical Technique.

How is this Surgical Technique performed?

During the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, a needle is used to make a small hole in the patient’s existing gum tissue. Through this pinhole, special instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue. These tools help expand and slide the gumline to cover the exposed root structure.  There are no grafts, no sutures, and no incisions needed.

There are many benefits to the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, including:

  • Less discomfort after treatment
  • Faster recovery than traditional gum grafting
  • No need for uncomfortable sutures
  • No scalpels or invasive surgical tools are needed
  • No need to take donor tissue from the patient’s palate
  • Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results

If you are uncertain or unhappy about the current state of your gums and your smile, or if you have sensitivity due to exposed roots of your teeth, please give us a call at our East Tennessee office, to see how the Pinhold Surgical Technique can work for you!  Click here or call 865-531-7177 for an appointment.