The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® Is an Advanced Treatment for Gum Recession
The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® is a less invasive way to treat receding gums that requires no scalpel or sutures. Using special instruments, a very small opening is created in the gums above the teeth, and existing healthy gum tissue is moved into place to cover the exposed part of the tooth. Tischler & Patch Dental was the first practice in upstate New York to use lasers in periodontal treatment, and we are proud to continue leading the way with the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique®.
Most patients who are suffering with receding gums are candidates for the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique®. We will perform an examination of your gums to determine if there is adequate tissue in the treatment area, and to make sure this is the appropriate treatment for you.
The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® is a minimally invasive procedure that requires no incisions and no suturing. It is a quick and effective treatment for gum recession that is virtually pain-free and requires only a very short recovery time. Patients can resume normal activities the same day as their procedure.
All surgical procedures carry the risk of bleeding, discomfort, and infection. But the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® minimizes these risks, and you can further minimize them by choosing an outstanding doctor. Dr. Fred Milton, who performs this procedure at our practice, is licensed by the creator of the technique.
Recovery & Aftercare
For six weeks following your procedure, brushing your teeth can irritate the gums, so you will use a prescription mouthwash instead. Patients are instructed to eat only soft foods for a short period after the surgery. Any discomfort can be easily managed with over-the-counter medication. You will have a series of follow-up appointments to ensure that everything is healing properly and that you do not require any additional treatment.
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique cost is comparable to traditional gum grafting procedures. In fact, the overall cost can be less expensive because we can treat multiple teeth during a single treatment. It involves no incisions, minimal discomfort, and minimal recovery time, which is why more and more patients are choosing this procedure over the traditional approach.
Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® vs. Soft Tissue Grafting
Although it is similar to soft tissue grafting in many aspects, the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® has many advantages for the right patients. Because it is a minimally invasive procedure, patients can benefit from a reduced recovery time, minimized side effects, and generally, better treatment outcomes. Comparing the costs, advantages, risks, and timelines of both procedures can help our patients make the most informed decision and determine which treatment is best for their unique needs.