Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique

Old Milton Dental in Alpharetta, GA is one of the few dental offices to offer patients the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique to treat receding gums. Our dentists Drs. Corey Mazer and Katie Reid completed the educational course to provide our patients with this revolutionary procedure. Dr. John Chao, DDS, MADG developed this technique to treat receding gums without a scalpel for a less painful and faster healing process. Correcting receding gums is not only good for aesthetic purposes, but it helps improve overall oral health.

Who is a Good Candidate for the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique?

Any patient who has receding gums is a good candidate for the procedure. Receding gums are generally caused from age, abrasive brushing, or as a result of periodontal diseases like gingivitis, periodontitis or advanced periodontitis. When receding gums are left untreated, more severe health problems can arise. Receding gums can also leave patients feeling unhappy about the appearance of their smile.

Symptoms of Receding Gums

If your dentist has not already told you that you have receding gums, common symptoms include: exposed root surfaces, tooth sensitivity, redness and swelling, spaces between teeth, food packing, and teeth appearing longer than normal. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to consult with your dentist so your gums can be restored back to health and beauty.

The Procedure

The most common treatment for gum recession is a gum graft which includes the use of a scalpel and tedious stitches. This method also tends to be quite painful for patients. Since the development of the Chao Pinhole Technique, less and less patients opt for the old gum grafting method. With the Chao Pinhole Technique, Drs. Mazer or Reid will create a small hole using a needle, and then insert a special instrument to loosen the gum tissue and then push it down over the receding area. This treatment does not require any stitches or painful scalpel incisions. After the procedure, patients should expect only minimal post-operative symptoms such as pain, bleeding and swelling. The Chao Pinhole Technique provides patients with an instant cosmetic transformation they can leave our Alpharetta dental office happy about.

Contact Old Milton Dental to Schedule a Consultation Today

If you have receding gums that are causing you pain, tooth sensitivity, or is just displeasing aesthetically, contact our Alpharetta dentist office to schedule a consultation with Drs. Mazer or Reid for the Chao Pinhole Technique. We will examine your gums and let you know if this treatment is a good option for you and your dental health. We can be reached by phone at 678-624-0370 or via our online contact form on our Contact page.

  • I absolutely love the service I receive from Old Milton Dental. Everyone is super friendly and takes their time to help you however they can. Dr. Katie and her team is amazing. So amazing that I travel from Lawrenceville to Alpharetta just to continue dental care here. I would totally recommend their affordable services!

    S. Edwards
  • Wonderful staff. They are all very friendly and caring people. The dentist and hygienists are very comfortable to talk to and make you feel less like a patient and more like a friend. I stick with them even though I am out of network. I would recommend Old Milton Dental to anyone in the area.

    Paveena Ghatpande
  • Everyone here is always so nice, professional, accommodating, and really genuinely care about their patients. They even offer me a warm blanket during procedures! Wonderful practice all around - I would highly recommend the whole team at Old Milton Dental.

    Sharon Seiter
  • We've been coming to Old Milton Dental for years. Dr. Mazer does excellent work, the staff is all top notch, and the office is very high tech. Wouldn't go any where else!

    Karen Naide
  • My family and I have been going to Old Milton Dental for 11 years. A few years ago they became out of Network with our insurance carrier and we thought no big deal, we'll just go to a dentist in Network. Well that was the bigest mistake, The level of care at the in Network dentist did not compare. We immediately went back to Old Milton Dental. They are still out of Network but we choose to have good service and an honest reputable dentist.

    Cynthia A. Swahn
  • I came to this practice as I was told of Dr. Reid being a great dentist. This was more than true as she was informative and was great at answering questions

    Mike Meyer