Old Milton Dental in Alpharetta is one of the few dental offices in the United States, let alone Georgia to offer patients the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique to treat receding gums. Our dentists Drs. Corey Mazer and Katie Reid completed the educational course needed to provide our patients with this revolutionary procedure. Dr. John Chao, DDS, MADG developed this amazing technique to treat receding gums without a scalpel for a less painful and faster healing process. Correcting your receding gums is not only good for aesthetic purposes, but it helps improve overall oral health. Discover if the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is right for you.
What is Gum Recession?
Gum recession is when your gums begin to lose their tissue along your gum line. This typically occurs as a result of periodontal diseases such as gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Gum disease is usually a result of bad dental hygiene. Gum recession can also occur if you brush your teeth too hard or simply from aging. You will know if you have receding gums because you will be able to see the yellow portion of your tooth root. Your tooth root may also feel sensitive to touch. The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is a perfect solution for restoring your gums back to their ideal position.
Causes of Gum Recession
You might wonder what exactly caused your gums to recede in the first place. Here are some of the top reasons:
- Gum disease – Mild to severe gum disease can cause the gums to recede.
- Genetics – Some patients experience receding gums simply because it’s in their genes.
- Bruxism (teeth grinding) – If you grind or clench your teeth at night without wearing a night guard, this can cause your gums to recede over time. In addition, it can cause wear and harm to your teeth.
- Bad oral hygiene – When you do not properly take care of your oral health, you are susceptible to receding gums because your oral health is suffering.
- Misaligned teeth – When your teeth are misaligned, your bite is off. When your bite is off this can cause your gums to recede because of the uneven pressure of your bite.
- Abrasive tooth brushing – You should be using a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush your teeth. When you brush too hard or use the wrong type of bristle, this can cause your gums to recede.
- Tooth trauma – If you happen to run into any tooth trauma, this may cause your gums to recede as a result. Make sure to have your tooth trauma treated as soon as possible to avoid this.
Why Should I Take Gum Recession Seriously?
You might think that gum recession is just an aesthetic problem, but it isn’t. Once your roots are exposed, tooth decay and other dental problems can affect the health of your teeth as well as the gum line. Healthy gums are essential for healthy teeth. When it comes to gum recession, you will want to take care of it immediately to help prevent future problems with your teeth. In addition, you might be experiencing sensitivity or pain because of your receding gums. Not to mention, you might not like the way it makes your smile look. It’s better to take care of the gum recession early on than let it progress.
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
- Teeth that appear longer than normal
If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to consult with your dentist so your gums can be restored back to health and beauty.
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 by 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.
How Does the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique Differ From Traditional Gum Grafting?
Traditional gum recession treatments use soft tissue grafts or donor tissue to rebuild your gumline. The tissue is sutured into place and joins the existing tissue in the healing process. This type of procedure can be quite painful and extremely invasive. While this is an effective treatment, a less painful and less invasive option is available with the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique.
The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique 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 fewer 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 feeling happy about.
Benefits of the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique
There are many different benefits associated with the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique. Among these include:
- Less discomfort following the treatment
- Faster recovery than with traditional gum grafting
- No sutures
- Non-invasive/no scalpels involved
- No donor tissue needed
- Long lasting, natural results
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.