Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique
Family & Spa Dentistry in Pennington, NJ is pleased to offer patients the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique for the effective treatment of receding gums- without oral surgery. Also known as the “Lunchtime Gum Lift”, this technique is completed in the comfort of our spa-like dentist office during one visit. The Pinhole technique is minimally invasive, with little downtime and a speedier recovery when compared to traditional oral surgery options.
Dr. David Heering, a highly trained and experienced periodontist, will use existing gum tissue to create a healthier and more aesthetically appealing gum line using this unique method. Gum recession can have several causes, from genetics to disease and trauma. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to increased tooth sensitivity, loose teeth, and even tooth loss. If periodontal disease is present, we will work with you to restore gum health as a part of your overall treatment plan and to ensure a lasting result from a gum lift.
Is a gum lift permanent? Yes, gum lifts are permanent. Your gums will not recede again.
Gum Lift: What to Expect
A local anesthetic will be applied to ensure your comfort during the procedure. Dr. Heering will make a tiny hole in the gum tissue through which a special needle-like instrument can be gently placed. This will massage the gum tissue and re-contour the gum line. Next, collagen strips are placed within the treated tissue to stabilize it and support the body’s healing process.
Is a gum lift painful?
The incision hole heals quickly, often within a day, and patients experience minimal discomfort, swelling or side effects as a result of the treatment.