Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique

Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique

Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique

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When it comes to dental problems, gum recession is certainly not the first one that springs to mind.

However, most patients may experience receding gums at some point in their lifetime, and treatment is almost certainly necessary to prevent associated dental problems, such as decay, infection, and even tooth loss.

Our dentist, Dr. Le, is pleased to be able to offer one of the newest and most innovative solutions for receding gums, Chao Pinhole® Surgery.

​​​​​​​Why do I have gum recession?

There can be several reasons why you are suffering from receding gums. The most common is that you are suffering from gum disease.

In its more advanced stages, gum disease, also known as periodontitis, can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, sometimes even exposing the root of the tooth. However, gum disease can also be caused by:

  • an accumulation of tartar

  • brushing too aggressively

  • using a toothbrush that is too abrasive

  • fluctuating female hormones

  • diabetes


  • bruxism, a condition that causes you to clench or grind your teeth while you are asleep

Smoking is also considered to put patients at a much higher risk of gum recession.

Signs of gum recession

The most obvious symptom of gum recession is the visual one. When a patient with receding gums smiles, their teeth will appear much longer than usual, and in some severe cases, the root of the tooth may be exposed.

Other symptoms of gum recession typically include those that accompany periodontitis, such as:

  • bleeding, red or swollen gums

  • visible pus surrounding the teeth and/or gums

  • teeth that appear to be loose in their sockets

  • a bad taste in the mouth

  • persistent bad breath

Chao Pinhole® Surgery

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical technique is a minimally invasive treatment for gum recession created and patented by John Chao D.D.S.

While conventional gum recession treatments involved grafting, Chao Pinhole® surgery is scalpel and suture free, meaning that patients can enjoy fewer complications and a faster recovery time.

The procedure is carried out through a small hole into the gum, which is made by a needle. Once the entry point has been made, special tools can then be used to loosen and manipulate the gum tissue, so that it covers the area which was previously receded.

The cosmetic benefit of this surgery is instant, as the gum line is immediately restored, and the patient will have a smile that is even and beautiful once more.

Advantages of choosing Chao Pinhole® Surgery

Although traditional grafting for gum recession is effective and largely successful, an increasing number of patients are choosing Chao Pinhole® surgery because of the improved experience it offers them. Such benefits include:

  • No scalpel means that no sutures will be required to be put in place or removed.

  • Several areas of the gum can be treated in one session.

  • Your smile is improved in just one day.

  • Minimized risk of complications such as post-operative bleeding.

  • Immediate results.

  • Faster recovery

If you have receding gums and would like to explore the possibility of Chao Pinhole® surgery, our team would be delighted to schedule you a consultation with Dr. Le. Combining this innovative technique with our exemplary patient care, we can restore your teeth and help you achieve a beautiful and youthful smile once more. Please make an appointment by contacting our Vienna, VA office today.

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