The Pinhole® Technique, also known as the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, is a minimally invasive procedure used to address gum recession. Gum recession, which exposes the tooth roots and compromises the gum line, can result from various factors such as periodontal disease, aggressive brushing, genetic predisposition, hormonal changes and tobacco use. This condition can lead to pockets forming between the teeth and gums, allowing harmful bacteria to thrive and potentially causing further oral health issues if left untreated. By addressing gum recession early through innovative procedures like the Pinhole Technique, you can maintain a healthy smile and prevent further complications.

The Pinhole Technique offers a scalpel-free and suture-free alternative to traditional gum grafting procedures. During this procedure, our dentist will create a small pinhole in the gum tissue using a fine needle. Through this pinhole, specialized instruments are used to gently reposition and cover the exposed tooth roots with the gum tissue. This technique requires precision and skill to achieve the desired outcome.

One of the notable advantages of the Pinhole Technique is its minimal discomfort. Unlike traditional gum grafting, which involves incisions and sutures, the Pinhole Technique is less invasive and generally results in quicker recovery times. Patients typically experience less postoperative pain and swelling. Additionally, the immediate cosmetic improvement after the procedure enhances both the appearance and overall health of the gums.

If you are experiencing gum recession, the Pinhole Technique could be a suitable option to restore the gum line and protect your dental health. We invite you to call Chestnut Family Dentistry at 828-255-0936 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wendy Willoughby and learn if you are a candidate for the Pinhole Technique in Asheville, North Carolina.