Pinhole Gum Grafting in Nashville

A less-invasive, modern technique for treating unattractive gum recession and root sensitivity.

  • No incisions or sutures
  • Quicker recovery than traditional grafting
  • Restores the natural appearance of your gumline
  • Capable of treating multiple areas at one time

Gum recession can be unattractive and uncomfortable, but it can also be detrimental to your long term oral health. The risk from gum recession comes from the exposure of the tooth root.  You may notice an area of recession or asymmetry in your gum line that is visible when you smile or an area that is sensitive to cold liquids or brushing your teeth.  These are usually the first signs that will alert you to the presence of gum recession.  Once the root surface is exposed, the risk for developing more significant tooth problems is raised.

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  • Exposed root structure is more susceptible to wear from brushing and abrasive toothpastes and can lead to the development of sensitive grooves or notches in the tooth root.
  • Exposed root structure is also much less resistant to the development of cavities than enamel is.  It is not uncommon to see cavities develop on areas of slight gum recession, even in mouths that have previously been unaffected by tooth decay.
  • Recessed gums are also associated with increased presence of gum disease.  Inflammation from this infection can cause damage to the bone surrounding teeth, resulting in potential tooth loosening or loss.

Many people that think that painful and invasive traditional tissue grafts are the only option for those suffering from gum recession, but there are more modern options available. Pinhole gum rejuvenation doesn’t use scalpels, grafts, or sutures. Instead, a small hole is made in the gums, which allows specially designed instruments to gently loosen and reposition the receded gums to cover the exposed roots.  This near immediate improvement quickly eliminates sensitivity and restores your confidence in the healthy, attractive smile you deserve.

Animation of Pinhole® Surgical Technique

Animation of Pinhole® Surgical Technique
Watch this video to learn how the Chao pinhole surgical technique has made gum recession treatment easier. The minimally invasive treatment doesn’t require cutting or stitching and is quick, easy, and instantly pleasing.

Introducing Chao pinhole gum rejuvenation’s pinhole surgical technique – Before, conventional gum grafting required cutting tissue from the roof of the mouth. The gum is then cut over the area of the recession and lifted. The tissue from the palate is placed over the recessions. Once complete, sutures hold the graft in place during healing.
Now, with the new revolutionary Chao pinhole gum rejuvenation, gum recession is corrected without cutting or stitches. This new process begins with the tiny entry point that is made in the gum. Then, a special dental instrument is placed through the pinhole to free the gums with gentle movements. Once free, the gums are guided down into a healthy position. When the recessed gums are corrected, tiny collagen strips are placed inside to help stabilize the gums. Incredibly, the pinhole heals rather quickly and often overnight. When complete, the receding gums are corrected with a minimally-invasive treatment that is quick, easy, and instantly pleasing.


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