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Woodstock General and Implant Dentistry on May 22, 2017

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    Why do Gums Recede?

    Receding gums can be the result of periodontal disease, teeth clenching, grinding,  aggressive brushing, or the natural aging process. Genetics, hormones, and tobacco use can also cause receding gums.

    Most patients with receding gums do not realize it because it happens gradually. You might notice some sensitivity or your teeth might seem longer. Recession can cause pockets to form between the teeth and gum line, allowing harmful bacteria and tartar to build up. This can lead to more advanced periodontal disease, tissue and bone deterioration, and eventual tooth loss.

    Though periodontal disease starts off in an easily curable and preventable form (gingivitis), if it is left unchecked it can quickly advance to periodontitis. In this advanced stage of gum disease, harmful bacteria can run rampant throughout the mouth, leading to increased risk of respiratory and heart disease (due to the presence and inhalation of bacteria in the mouth), and diabetes (due to an improper diet stemming from an inability to chew food properly).

    The best way to prevent gum recession and gum disease is to brush and floss every day using a proper technique and to keep up with your dental cleanings and checkups.

    The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® can be used to treat most patients with receding gums as long as they have good oral health. It may not be recommended for patients who have advanced cases of recession or gum disease. Once the patient’s periodontal health is stable, we can recommend a treatment for gum recession. We have already seen great success when the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® is used following laser treatments for gum disease.

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    Am I a Candidate for this Procedure?

    The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® is the first minimally invasive procedure to treat gum recession effectively. This procedure uses healthy gum tissue already present at the treatment site, which is repositioned using instruments inserted through a very small opening in the gums. The procedure is virtually pain-free and requires minimal recovery time.

    If you are suffering from receding gums that expose more and more of the roots of your teeth, contact us today to schedule a consultation.


    The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® is quick, effective, and almost pain-free. There is a very short recovery time. You can resume normal activities the same day as the procedure.


    All surgical procedures carry risks. The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® minimizes these risks. Dr. Fred Milton, who performs this procedure at our practice, is licensed by the creator of the technique, making it even safer.


    Recovery & After Care

    For six weeks after your procedure, brushing your teeth can irritate the gums, so you will use a prescription mouthwash instead. You’ll also eat only soft foods for a short period after the surgery. Any discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter medication. Follow-up appointments after the procedure will 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.

    Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® vs. Soft Tissue Grafting

    The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® has many advantages for the right patients. It has shorter recover times, fewer side effects, and better outcomes. Comparing the costs, advantages, risks, and timelines of both procedures can help you make an informed decision and determine which treatment is best for their unique needs.