A receding gum line can occur due to numerous reasons, including grinding and clenching, unhealthy oral habits and poor oral hygiene, as well as part of the natural aging process. Beyond aesthetics, receding gum lines can introduce a host of oral health issues, including sensitivity to hot or cold. While receding gums were previously treated with invasive, scalpel-based methods, there is a new technique that does not require scalpels, donor tissue or sutures — the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique.
When you opt for the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, a thin needle will be used to create a small hole in the gum tissue. Through the pinhole, several instruments will be used to gently loosen the gums, helping to expand the gum line and cover the exposed root structures. Post-operative recovery is much shorter than with the traditional method.