It’s a well-known fact that beauty is all about proportions. When it comes to your smile, having the “golden” ratio of visible gum tissue to tooth enamel equals a truly dazzling smile — but people who have had gum disease or who brush their teeth too aggressively may be dealing with what we call gum recession. This is what happens when the gum tissue has visibly pulled away from where it should be against the teeth, leaving too much enamel exposed. To help, your dentist in Vienna offers the Chao Pinhole Technique — a revolutionary procedure that eliminates the need for sutures and stitches that come with traditional gum grafts. Keep reading to learn how it works, and whether or not you are a great candidate today!
Why Does Gum Recession Occur?
Gum recession can occur for a couple of reasons. The most common is due to periodontal (gum) disease, a condition that affects the majority of adults over the age of 35. An infection in the gums will slowly eat away at healthy gum tissue, leaving you with visibly recessed periodontal tissue. If it’s not treated, gum disease eventually results in the loss of one or more teeth.
Another common cause of gum recession is aggressive tooth brushing. While it may feel like you are getting a really deep clean when you put a little elbow grease into the toothbrush, you could be damaging your gum tissue in ways you don’t realize until it’s too late.
How the Chao Pinhole Technique Helps
Unfortunately, once it has been lost, gum tissue does not grow back on its own. The most severe cases will need to have professional intervention to prevent severe sensitivity, cosmetic issues, and possible tooth loss. That’s where your dentist comes in. The traditional procedure for gum recession is gum grafting, or cutting away healthy tissue with a scalpel and placing it with sutures into the recessed area. With the revolutionary Chao Pinhole Technique, however, the procedure can be completed using only a small needle and simple manipulation of the gum tissue. It’s an easier, less-invasive way to improve periodontal health — and Vienna Smiles is pleased to offer this procedure in our state-of-the-art office.
The Chao Pinhole Technique works like this.
- A small needle is used to make a hole in the gum tissue
- The healthy tissue is gently stretched or expanded
- The gum tissue is brought down and/or over to cover the recessed area
- Collagen is inserted into the area to promote proper healing of the area
- Healing begins!
In all the procedure lasts from one to two hours — and patients can return to work or school right after.
Is It Right for You?
If you are dealing with the side effects of receding gums — like visible recession and sensitive teeth — you may be an excellent candidate for the Chao Pinhole Technique. Now that you know a little bit about how it works, don’t wait to find out if you can benefit from this procedure! Because your long-lasting smile depends on healthy, beautiful gums.
About Vienna Smiles
The team at Vienna Smiles offers comprehensive dental care in a state-of-the-art practice — including the Chao Pinhole Technique for gum recession. To learn more about care for recessed gums or to schedule an appointment for the same, you are invited to contact your Vienna dentist at 703-938-0212.