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Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Explained

Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Explained

Many adults (and even some children) suffer from receding gum lines. This condition is not only embarrassing and unsightly, marring once-beautiful smiles, but it can also be hazardous to your oral health.
When gums recede, you also lose the supporting bone which can potentially jeopardize the long term health of the teeth. Losing the gum and bone around a tooth exposes the roots of the teeth which can cause significant sensitivity to temperature, touch which can affect the quality of life.  Having exposed root surfaces can put you at significant risk of getting root decay which is very difficult to repair and also can jeopardize the health of the teeth.
The most common method of treating receding gums is soft tissue grafting, but this process can be complicated, expensive, and painful. Luckily, there is an alternative option: the Chao pinhole gum rejuvenation method. Here are a few things you should know.

Grafting versus Pinhole Method

The Chao pinhole method, invented by Dr. John Chao, DDS, is revolutionary and has years of success in treating gum recession. You might be inclined to lean toward the more traditional grafting method of treating gum recession; however, this could be a mistake. Just as Invisalign offers advantages over traditional braces, the pinhole method is in many ways superior to grafting.
Grafting is characterized by removing soft tissue, generally from the roof of the mouth, and then attaching it to existing gum tissue to extend the gum line and cover exposed roots. This technique has a fair success rate, but it is invasive, painful, and requires the use of incisions and stitches which extends the healing time.
The pinhole method, on the other hand, is accomplished by creating a tiny hole in the gum tissue above the tooth in order to reposition it to cover the root. It is quick, easy, and relatively pain-free, especially when compared to soft tissue grafting. Plus, there are many other benefits.


Chao pinhole gum rejuvenation can be completed in a single visit, often in as little as an hour or two, and it requires no general anesthesia or sedation (although localized numbing agents will be administered). In addition, healing time is minimal and regular activities can be resumed almost immediately.
There is very little risk of complications. Issues like bleeding, swelling, pain, and infection following this procedure are far rarer than with grafts, and patients can see the results of the procedure immediately.

Bottom Line

The Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation is the answer to many who are concerned about their gum recession.  Not only does it improve the esthetics of your smile but more importantly it reduces your risk of early tooth loss due to decay or loss of gum and bone.  Actually some CT scans are showing bone regeneration after the Pinhole is done.  Simply put Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation also known as a “Gum Lift” is a simple, minimally invasive, cutting and suture free way to regain what was lost without the discomfort and long healing process of traditional grafting.

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