Chao Pinhole | Periodontics

A Scalpel-Free, Suture-Free, Graft-Free Treatment Option for Receding Gums.

A quick, easy and instantly pleasing procedure that can be life changing!

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, also known as Pinhole Gum RejuventionTM invented and patented by John Chao, DDS, MAGD, is a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure for correcting gum recession. Through a small hole made by a needle, Dr. Chao uses specially designed instruments to gently loosen the gum tissue and glide it over the receded part of the tooth. Since there is no cutting or stitching, patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms (pain, swelling and bleeding). Patients also are pleasantly surprised by the instant cosmetic improvement. Most patients are able to resume light normal activities within 24-48 hours after treatment. (excluding working out and strenuous activities.

Top 10 Benefits of the Pinhole® procedure:

1. Can correct gum recession in as little as 1 treatment session.
2. Minimal discomfort and swelling in most cases because the method is scalpel-free, suture-free and graft-free.
3. Long term results per the International Journal of Periodontology & Restorative Dentistry. (October 2012)
4. The pinholes heal in 24 hours in most cases.
5. Only 2 over-the-counter pain pills required after treatment on average per the study in the International Journal of Periodontology & Restorative Dentistry. (October 2012)
6. Can prevent tooth loss and the need for other costly procedures such as implants or dentures.
7. Treatment sessions can be completed in as little as 1-2 hours in many cases.
8. Can enhance a more youthful and attractive appearance.
9. Patients often describe feeling happier due to being able to smile without the shame or guilt associated with ugly receded gums.
10. Most patients are back to normal light activities within 24-48 hours post procedure.

What are the consequences of gum recession?

Gum recession is the process in which the margin of the gum tissue that protects the teeth wears away, or pulls back, exposing more of the tooth root. When gum recession occurs, “pockets”, or gaps for between the teeth and gum line, therefore, making it easy for disease causing bacteria to build up and destroy teeth. If left untreated, the supporting tissue and bone structures of the teeth can be severely damaged and may ultimately result in tooth loss and even severe health consequences. Gum recession is a common dental problem and most people do not know that they have gum recession because it occurs gradually. The fist sign of gum recession is usually tooth sensitivity or you may notice teeth that look longer than normal. Typically, a notch can be felt near the gum line. Do not ignore gum recession! Early detection and treatment is essential to maintaining overall health and saving teeth. If you think that your gums are receding, make an appointment immediately with a certified Pinhole® Surgical Technique dentist for an evaluation of your individual case.