Rochester, NY, Dentist Certified for New Gum Recession Surgery

Dr. Park of Irondequoit Family Dentistry has been trained in this innovative, micro-surgical procedure and is now offering it to his patients as a better alternative to standard gum grafting, which can be a painful and invasive procedure. 

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is a new surgical method was developed by dentist Dr. John Chao to treat receding gums as an alternative to the standard treatment, which is gum grafting surgery. This new surgical technique is minimally invasive, requires no cutting, no sutures, and virtually no downtime, as opposed to standard gum grafting. Gum grafting usually involves cutting gum tissue cut out of the palate and sewing it on to the affected area. Dentists can usually treat only one or four teeth at a time due to the pain and recovery time. The Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ takes just a few minutes per tooth. Also, multiple teeth may be treated at the same time, making the entire process less time-consuming than traditional gum grafting which takes multiple visits and longer healing times. 

What are the benefits of Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique?

  • There is less discomfort for the patient after treatment.
  • The recovery time is less than with traditional gum grafting.
  • There are no incisions or sutures necessary.
  • The patient enjoys natural-looking, long-lasting results.

How is the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique performed?

First, a local anesthetic is applied to the area of gum recession which will numb the gum and surrounding area. Then, one or two small entry points (about the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen) are made in the gum area near the tooth or teeth to be treated. A small instrument is inserted into the entry point to loosen the gum tissues and move them back into a normal, healthy position. Small collagen strips are then placed through the entry point under the gums, which helps keep the gums in place during the healing process.

How long does the procedure take?

The entire treatment will take about 90 minutes, depending on the number of teeth that are being treated. The pinhole is virtually undetectable the very next day. Occasionally, some patients may experience mild swelling, which will disappear in a few days.

How will I Know if I’m a Good Candidate?

Some patients who have had a previous treatment recommendation for traditional gum grafting may be a perfect candidate for this procedure. After a thorough exam, Dr. Park or one of his team members will review your treatment options and will decide if the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is right for your particular situation.

While traditional grafting treatment is still effective, a better patient experience can be achieved through the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique.