Many patients who suffer from periodontal disease and gum recession would like to restore their gum line and protect the roots of their teeth, but do not want to go through the often painful and lengthy traditional gum grafting procedure. These patients are often Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® candidates. Dr . Devang Gandhi performs this technique at our Brampton practice, and is licensed by John Chao, D.D.S. This technique is the first minimally invasive procedure to treat gum recession effectively. This scalpel- and suture-free treatment uses healthy gum tissue already present at the treatment site, which is repositioned using instruments inserted through a very small opening in the gums. The procedure is virtually pain free and requires minimal recovery time. If you have receding gums and would like to learn more about how this new method of treatment can benefit you, please contact our office to make an appointment with Dr . Devang Gandhi.
The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique®
The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® uses a small needle to create a tiny hole in the patient's healthy gum tissue above the treatment area. This allows for specialized instruments to gently loosen and expand the underlying soft tissue to cover the exposed portions of the teeth. Tiny strips of soft collagen will be placed into the newly repositioned soft tissue to spur more collagen production, which will promote healing. Instead of requiring invasive tissue grafts and sutures, this procedure simply involves adjusting gum tissue already present at the treatment site, with minimal post-operative pain, discomfort, and bleeding.
Treating Gum Disease
The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® can be used to treat most patients with gum recession who are in otherwise good oral health. It may not be recommended for patients who have advanced cases of recession or gum disease. Once the patient's periodontal health is stable, we can recommend a treatment for gum recession. We have already seen great success when The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® is used following laser treatments for gum disease.
Receding gums can be the result of periodontal disease, teeth clenching, grinding, overly aggressive brushing habits, or the natural aging process. Genetics, hormones, and tobacco use can also cause the gums to be more sensitive and vulnerable to recession. Most patients with receding gums do not realize that it is occurring because it happens gradually. Patients will typically notice some sensitivity or the appearance of longer teeth. Recession can cause pockets to form between the teeth and gum line, allowing harmful bacteria and tartar to build up. This can lead to more advanced periodontal disease, tissue and bone deterioration, and eventual tooth loss. The best way to prevent gum recession is to brush and floss every day using a proper technique, and to keep up with your dental cleanings and checkups.
Contact Our Office
If you have been suffering from gum recession, you may be an outstanding candidate for The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique®. Please contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr . Devang Gandhi.