Woodstock General and Implant Dentistry on May 22, 2017

Why do Gums Recede?

Receding gums can be the result of periodontal disease, teeth clenching, grinding, overly aggressive brushing habits, or the natural aging process. Genetics, hormones, and tobacco use can also cause the gums to be more sensitive and vulnerable to recession.

Most patients with receding gums do not realize that it is occurring because it happens gradually. Patients will typically notice some sensitivity or the appearance of longer teeth. 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.

The best way to prevent gum recession 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 gum recession who are in otherwise 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?

Many patients who suffer from periodontal disease and gum recession would like to restore their gum line and protect the roots of their teeth, but do not want to go through the often painful and lengthy traditional gum grafting procedure.

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® is the first minimally invasive procedure to treat gum recession effectively. This scalpel- and suture-free treatment 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 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. 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.