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The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique offers a less invasive alternative to traditional surgery for treating receding gums. It’s designed to restore the gum line, improve your smile, and protect additional damage to treated roots. Specially-designed instruments help ensure the procedure is quick, pain-free and provides instant results without cutting, grafting or significant downtime.

What exactly is the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique?
The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique uses a needle to create small “pinholes”. It is through these pinholes that gum tissue is carefully adjusted to cover exposed roots and gently return the gum line to where it belongs. Collagen strips are then added to secure the gum tissue in place and help the body regenerate collagen. The pinhole method is unique in many ways, including the preservation of existing gums and more significantly—there is no need for donor grafts. The entire procedure typically takes just one to two hours, is virtually pain free, and patients can often return to work the next day!

Why do receding gums even need to be treated?
A person with a receding gum line is often referred to as “long in the tooth”. This is because too much of the tooth is visible, specifically the root, making the tooth look unusually long. Unfortunately, an exposed root affects more than your appearance, it can lead to significant root damage, even tooth or bone loss.

What are the main differences between the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique and traditional procedures?

As noted above, the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is scalpel free, graft-free and suture free. This leads to a faster procedure, minimal to zero pain, a much faster recovery and immediate results. The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique requires specially-designed instruments used only for this procedure.

Who invented the procedure and why?
Dr. John C. Chao, D.D.S, is the inventor of the Chao Principal Surgical Technique and creator of its unique instruments. Dr. Chao serves as a Research Associate Professor at the University of Buffalo, as well as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Ostrow School of Dentistry. Dr. Chao began studying potential solutions to reduce the significant levels of pain caused by the traditional surgical methods used to treat gum recession.

How long has this procedure been around?
Dr. Chao has performed this technique since 2006 and currently trains other dentists to safely and correctly perform this technique. Dr. Sedki is an experienced dentist and has been trained in the Chao Pinhole Technique.

Is the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique available to anyone?
This procedure has few limitations, and is typically a viable option for many who have gum recession. However, it should not be performed on anyone with untreated gum disease, inflamed or bleeding gums or an active infection. These oral health issues should be addressed before undergoing the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique.

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is a unique procedure that requires proper training. Be sure to choose a dentist who has experience with this method. Contact our dental offices for more information on the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, contact the offices of Dr. Sedki today.

Sedki Dentistry, Commerce MI is a complete family dental clinic that offers services for all dental health concerns. Dr. Sedki and his experienced staff are professional and committed to providing uncompromised care to their patients. Maintaining long term dental health and a beautiful smile is their goal. Call Sedki Dentistry today and get started on a healthy, beautiful smile!