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Chao Pinhole® Technique in NYC

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The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) is a comfortable, minimally-invasive, scalpel and suture-free technique for treating gum recession. Up to 84% of adults suffer from gum recession which can result in long and ugly teeth, sensitive roots and ultimately tooth loss. Traditional methods of treatment involve removing tissue from the palate and using sutures to secure it over root surfaces. An alternative to this approach is to utilize the existing gums around the teeth with recession and elevating them with a minimally invasive technique and using collagen to maintain the new tissue over the exposed roots. This treatment may be more suitable to your needs dependent on the issues present. Call us today to make an appointment for an evaluation!

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Pinhole Surgery to Correct Gum Recession
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Pinhole Surgery around Dental Implants to Correct Gum Recession

What is the Chao Pinhole Technique?

How does the pinhole technique work?

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) is a painless, minimally-invasive, technique that uses specialized instruments and your own gum tissue to cover your gum recession. The technique often does not require stitches and is very effective at covering teeth that have lost gum tissue, are sensitive, or appear long. Most methods of gum grafting involve removing tissue from the palate and using stitches to secure it over the area of gum recession. The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique uses small incisions into the gums and then places collagen into those gums to give the gums added thickness. The existing gums are then elevated to cover the gum recession with specialized instruments. This treatment is faster and less painful because the second area of surgery is not needed to obtain gum tissue from your palate.

How much does Chao pinhole surgery cost?

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in NYC has an average cost of $3,000 to $5000 for an area of your mouth, usually called a quadrant. That cost estimate can be lower or higher depending upon how many teeth need the gum grafting treatment.

Is pinhole gum surgery worth the expense?

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in NYC is worth the expense as the treatment is much faster and more painless as compared to conventional methods of gum grafting. Because gum tissue does not need to be obtained from your palate, the pain experienced after surgery is much less and the roof of your mouth does not feel as if it has been burnt. In addition, because much larger areas of gum recession can be done at the same time, multiple surgeries are not needed.

Does the pinhole surgical technique last?

Long-term studies on The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique show that the results of the procedure can last just as long as conventional methods of gum grafting that use the gum from your palate to cover the areas of tooth recession. If post surgical instructions are carefully followed your results should last as long as other gum graft techniques. Make sure the provider performing the procedure is experienced in this specific Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique.

Is the pinhole technique painful?

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) performed in NYC is a painless, minimally-invasive, technique that does not require the use of your own gum tissue from your palate to cover the areas of tooth recession and therefore is usually not as painful as traditional treatments for gum grafting. The technique uses specialized instruments to lift your own gums to cover the areas of tooth recession and often does not require stitches. In addition, growth factors can be inserted into the gums to make them heal much quicker.

What is the best way to treat receding gums?

The best way to treat receding gums in NYC is with minimally-invasive small incision surgeries that do not require taking gum tissue from the roof of your mouth. When the size of the incisions are small and you can use either collagen or Platelet Rich Fibrin to insert into the gums along with growth factors, the surgery is fast and painless.

Who is a candidate for pinhole gum surgery?

Any patient that has their medical health under control, is not a heavy smoker, and can listen to instructions after their gum graft treatment is a candidate for The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. More severe and complicated cases of gum recession may require the additional use of growth factors and Platelet Rich Fibrin to increase the success of the procedure.

What happens after pinhole gum surgery?

After pinhole gum surgery you are going to be asked to follow a soft food diet for several weeks. You will often be given over-the-counter pain medication as the procedure is usually not painful. You will also be asked to keep your mouth clean with a soft post-surgical brush and a medicated mouth rinse. Depending upon the extent of the treatment, you will be asked to ice your face to control potential swelling and may be given anti-inflammatory medication.

Can receded gums grow back?

Receded gums usually do not grow back on their own unless the recession is a result of trauma and the gums are temporarily removed. If the gums have receded because of gingivitis and plaque build-up, professional cleaning may help the gums become tighter and they could potentially grow back. Receded gums that happen because of orthodontic treatment, aggressive brushing habits, smoking, genetics, or bone/gum loss usually require a soft tissue graft to fix them.

How can I rebuild my gums naturally?

You can rebuild your gums naturally by taking good care of them and getting professional cleanings to avoid inflammation due to bacteria. Good hygiene at home and avoiding smoking also can help. Gum tissue that has been receded for a long time usually requires a gum tissue graft to rebuild them. Gum tissue grafting can be a natural treatment when you use growth factors from your own blood, platelet-rich fibrin, and insert them into your gums to help them regrow.

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