A Suture- and Scalpel-Free Methodfor Treating Receding Gums

Receding gums can affect the stability of your teeth and cause a number of painful symptoms, including dental sensitivity. The conventional method of addressing gum recession is gum grafting surgery, a long procedure requiring significant downtime. At our Merritt Island, FL, practice, we offer the revolutionary Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST), a scalpel-free, suture-free method for restoring the health of your smile. Drs. Chan Wilkhu and Mark Moffitt can examine your smile and determine whether this innovative alternative to traditional gum recession treatment is right for you.

Chao pinhole technique
Rather than remove an entire flap of tissue, our doctors can repair your gumline through small holes in the gums.

The Pinhole Method vs. Traditional Gum Grafts

During a conventional gum grafting procedure, your surgeon must first cut a graft from the soft palate, the backmost portion of the roof of your mouth. Then, they can use this tissue to cover exposed tooth roots and attach it with sutures. While this procedure is an effective way to address gum recession, patients are left with two surgical wounds that must heal. Furthermore, a gum graft can take up to an hour and a half to treat just one or two teeth and requires a two to three week recovery period.

In contrast, the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) is:

  • Minimally invasive: With no incisions and no suturing, the PST is much less invasive than conventional grafting.
  • Suture-free: Since there is no graft involved, there is no need to place sutures.
  • Quick: Your doctor can treat your entire gum line in a single treatment session.
  • Virtually pain-free: With a small amount of local anesthetic, patients can undergo the pinhole method with little to no discomfort.

In addition, most patients can return to their normal activities the same day as their treatment. 

Is This Technique Right for Me?

Most patients with gum recession can qualify for the Pinhole Surgical Technique. However, there are a few conditions which can affect your results.

In order to qualify, patients must:

  • Be free of inflammation
  • Have any periodontal disease under control
  • Be willing to follow all post-operative instructions
  • Change any activities which contributed to recession, such as aggressive brushing

Dr. Wilkhu and Moffitt typically recommend that patients who grind or clench their teeth wear an oral appliance after their pinhole treatment to protect their results. 

The best way to find out if you can benefit from this innovative gum recession treatment is to schedule an appointment with our team. Our doctors can assess your oral health and candidacy during an in-depth oral examination. 

What to Expect during Your Appointment

Before beginning, we will place a topical anesthetic on the areas being treated. Then, your doctor will create a tiny pinhole using a specialized tool. Using this opening, he will gently shift the tissue down to cover areas exposed due to recession. Once your gums are in their new position, he can place collagen strips to stabilize the gum flap and encourage regeneration of the gum tissue. 

Our team offers the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique as a virtually painless method for addressing receded gums.

Your gums may be sensitive in the weeks after your treatment. However, most patients can manage any discomfort with over-the-counter medication. While you may need to eat soft foods for a few weeks, you can return to most of your normal activities immediately after the procedure. 

Restore Your Oral Health

Gum recession is a serious, progressive condition. Left untreated, it can affect the stability of your teeth and lead to tooth loss. Our team offers the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique as a virtually painless method for addressing receded gums. Find out more by contacting our office online or calling (321) 459-2444 today.

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