Los Angeles, CA – “You don’t have to be old to be ‘long in the tooth’, says Dr. John Chao, a dentist and inventor of Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™, a new minimally invasive treatment for receding gums. The patented treatment is also known as the Pinhole Surgical Technique™.
“Receding gums may not be the first thing that people think about, but they should be aware of this condition which can be caused by excessive tooth brushing, gum disease or the normal aging process,” says Dr. Chao. “Many people are unaware of their receding gums until they their teeth become sensitive to cold temperatures because of root exposure,” he says. “Others are concerned by the unsightly appearance of their receding gums.”
“The standard treatment for receding gums is gum grafting surgery, a painful and invasive procedure in which a section of gum tissue must be cut out of the palate, then sewn on to the affected area,” says Dr. Chao. “Because of the bleeding, pain and recovery time, dentists can usually treat only one or two teeth at a time.”
“This got me thinking that there must be a better way to treat gum recession,” says Dr. Chao. “Could we simply move receding gums back down into place, with no cutting, grafting or stitches?” To achieve this goal, Dr. Chao has developed a new minimally invasive technique to restore gums to their proper position using a few simple instruments which he invented. “Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ takes just a few minutes per tooth. There is no cutting, no downtime required and because of this, multiple teeth may be treated at the same time,” says Dr. Chao.
The Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ Process:
The receding gum area is numbed with a local anesthetic and a small entry point, about the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen is made in the gum above the tooth or teeth to be treated.
A small dental instrument designed by Dr. Chao is inserted into the entry point and moved to loosen the gum tissues; then the gums are moved down to a normal, healthy position. The instrument is withdrawn, then Dr. Chao uses a small angled forceps, or “pliers” to place several tiny collagen strips through the entry point under the gums. The collagen helps keep the tissue in place as new collagen is formed by the body. The entire treatment takes about 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the number of teeth treated. The entry hole quickly heals and is virtually undetectable the next day, with no downtime needed for healing.
A 33-month study of 43 patients with 121 gum recessions using the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ was published in the October, 2012, issue of The International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry. The results of this study were as successful as the standard gum grafting procedure which requires cutting and sutures, while patients who underwent the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ reported virtually no pain, no bleeding and high satisfaction with the almost instant transformation of the defective gum line. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2012; 32: 521-531.)
Dr. Chao says he is planning to train dentists in the new technique. For more information on Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ visit www.AlhambraDental.com or call (888) 309-7501.