How Does the Chao Pinhole® Technique Improve Gum Health?
From poor oral hygiene and tobacco use to genetics and the irregular positioning of a tooth, the causes of gum recession are numerous. When the gums recede, the tissue at the base of a tooth begins to wear away and expose the tooth roots. A pocket of space may form between the tooth and gumline, leaving the nerves, roots, blood vessels, and dental pulp vulnerable to bacterial buildup. Without treatment, this bacteria accumulation can lead to painful and uncomfortable symptoms, such as:
- Bleeding, tenderness, and swelling in the gums
- The formation of decay and plaque, often resulting in periodontal disease
- Loose teeth or detachment from the jawbone
- An infection or abscess
- Sensitivity to hot/cold temperatures and difficulty chewing
- Persistent bad breath
Fortunately, the decline of gum tissue can be easily treated with a cutting-edge treatment called the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST). This special gum lengthening treatment does not require cutting or tissue grafts, drastically reducing the bleeding, swelling, and discomfort that often follows traditional gum recession treatments. While restoring the gums used to require a surgical tissue graft taken from the roof of the mouth, the Pinhole® Surgical Technique merely requires a small hole made in the area of gum recession. Tiny surgical instruments are then used to lift and expand the gums, reshielding the tooth roots against bacteria and decay. Collagen strips are also placed to stimulate further growth of the gum tissue. Since there is no need for a gum graft, recovery time after treatment is vastly reduced and most patients’ gums heal overnight. Dr. Jeff Blackburn personally trained with Dr. John Chao, who pioneered the technique, and was the first dentist in the state of Virginia to treat gum recession with the PST.
If receding gums are left untreated, more invasive treatment—such as a root canal or tooth extraction—may be necessary to restore total health of the gum tissue. For more information about gum recession or our treatment options at South River Dentistry, please contact our practice today.