Chao Pinhole® Gum Grafting
Issaquah, WA

A patient getting Chao Pinhole Gum Grafting from her Issaquah dentist at Lake Sammamish Family Dentistry.
Your mouth is made up of many different components. When most people think about a healthy mouth, they tend to only think about the condition of the teeth. While the health of your teeth is integral to maintaining a healthy mouth, they are not the only one. Your gum tissues also play an important role in the health of your mouth. When your gums recede, your oral health can be significantly impacted, even if your teeth are decay and cavity-free. When gum recession occurs, treatment is needed. Traditional treatment for gum recession typically involves an invasive surgical procedure. Today, at Lake Sammamish Family Dentistry, we can treat gum recession in a non-invasive manner with the Chao pinhole gum grafting technique.

What Causes Gum Recession?

There are several issues that can lead to gum recession. These issues include:
•  Gum disease. Gum disease occurs when plaque and bacteria accumulate on your teeth and begin irritating your sensitive gum tissues. When the tissue becomes irritated, it begins to swell. Swollen tissue pulls away from the teeth, creating periodontal pockets. Bacteria fall into these pockets, where they continue to attack your gums from the inside. The pockets continue to grow deeper as the tissue continues to pull away from your teeth. Eventually, infected tissue dies off, leading to recession.
•  Aggressive brushing. While brushing your teeth is important, brushing too hard can be detrimental to your oral health. Even soft-bristled toothbrushes can wear away sensitive gum tissues, leading to a receding gum line.
•  Misaligned teeth. When your teeth are crooked, your bite pressures are uneven. This can lead to too much pressure being placed on the gums, which can lead to a recession.
•  Bruxism. This is a condition in which you grind and clench your teeth. When you grind and clench, excessive force is placed on your gums, causing the tissue to recede.
•  Tobacco products. Smoking cigarettes and using other tobacco products can increase your risk for gum disease, which can cause gum recession. Tobacco products limit oxygen in the blood and slow blood flow, preventing essential nutrients from reaching your gums to help them fight off bacteria.
•  Aging. As you age, your gums may begin to recede.
•  Genetics. Some individuals are genetically predisposed to gum recession.

Why is Gum Recession so Devastating?

Gum recession can be devastating to your oral health. Healthy gums form a tight seal around the necks of your teeth, protecting the roots and your jawbone from harmful oral bacteria. The gums also play an important role in helping to provide some support for your gums, in addition to your periodontal ligaments and your jawbone. When the gums begin to recede, not only are the roots and bone subject to bacterial attack, which can lead to bone loss and loose teeth, it can also lead to root exposure and significant tooth sensitivity.
Your oral health is not the only thing affected by gum recession. The recession also has a significant impact on your smile. When your gums recede, your teeth start to appear long. Not only can this significantly affect your confidence, but it can also cause you to appear older than you are.

Traditional Treatment with Gum Grafting

The traditional treatment for restoring a healthy, natural gum line is a surgical procedure known as a gum graft. A gum graft involves taking donor tissue from another area of your mouth, typically the roof of your mouth, and suturing it in place over the affected teeth. In some cases, tissue from a compatible donor may be used. As you heal, the tissues fuse together, allowing for the restoration of a natural gum line. There are two common types of gum grafts that are often used.
•  Connective tissue grafting. A connective tissue graft involves taking tissue from under a small incision made in the roof of your mouth. This type of graft is often used for root coverage.
•  Free gingival grafting. A free gingival graft involves taking tissue directly from the roof of your mouth. This results in a larger, open, wound. It is used when keratinized tissue is needed.

In some cases, a pedicle graft may be performed. This type of graft involves rearranging your gum tissues to cover the teeth affected by gum recession.

What is Chao Pinhole Gum Grafting?

While traditional gum grafting can be effective, the surgical procedure is quite invasive. Surgical wounds are needed on the roof of the mouth to harvest necessary tissue. A scalpel is needed to cut tissues, which results in bleeding, pain, and swelling. The recovery from a traditional graft can take several weeks, and complications such as infections can occur.

We provide an alternative to traditional gum grafting with the Chao pinhole gum grafting technique. This treatment is a non-invasive way to restore a healthier, natural gum line, giving you back your oral health and the beauty of your smile. This incredible procedure allows us to treat gum recession without cutting and grafting, and there is no need for stitches!

Am I a Candidate for Chao Pinhole Gum Grafting?

Many patients who have suffered gum recession are good candidates for the Chao pinhole gum grafting technique. If you have suffered a recession and do not want to undergo the traditional surgical route, you could be a great candidate. If you have suffered extensive gum recession, however, you may need to consider traditional grafting.

Before receiving treatment, we first perform a thorough oral evaluation. We go over your medical history and look over the condition of your mouth. This allows us to assess the extent of the damage and determine if the Chao pinhole gum grafting technique is truly the best option to meet your needs. If we take note of any oral health concerns, such as cavities or gum disease, these issues will need to be treated before we can perform the procedure. It is imperative that your oral health be is good condition. This helps to avoid any complications such as infections.

How Does Chao Pinhole Gum Grafting Work?

The Chao pinhole gum grafting technique is a non-invasive treatment that does not involve any cuts, harvesting of tissue, or sutures. We can perform the procedure under a local anesthetic. After administering the local anesthetic, we then use a small needle to create a tiny access hole in your gums no larger than the size of a ballpoint pen tip. Next, we use small, specialized tools, which are inserted into the access hole, to gently loosen your gum tissues. We then rearrange your gum tissue to cover over the affected teeth, working to give you a more natural looking gum line. There is no need for incisions, grafting, or sutures. We simply rearrange your existing gum tissue.

After rearranging your gums, we insert small strips of collagen into the access hole. These collagen strips help to stabilize your gums in their new location. Your existing gum tissue also already has collagen in it. The collagen strips serve a dual purpose. In addition to helping to stabilize your gums in place, the collagen strips help your body to produce more collagen tissue. Typically, up to 14 teeth can be treated in as little as one to two hours. Results of your treatment are visible immediately after the procedure is complete.

Non-Invasive and Faster Healing

Instead of creating incisions in the roof of your mouth and on your gums, the Chao pinhole gum grafting technique does not require any cuts. The only thing we need to do is create a tiny access point in your gums with a small needle. Small tools are used to rearrange your existing gum tissue. You only need a local anesthetic to perform this procedure. Because we only need to create a small access point, there is minimal bleeding. You do not have to worry about an incision, or even an open wound, in the roof of your mouth. Because the access hole is so small, there is minimal pain and swelling following your treatment. The procedure typically takes half the amount of time that it takes to perform a traditional gum graft. We can treat multiple teeth in the same appointment and can even treat your whole mouth.

Because the Chao pinhole gum grafting technique is non-invasive, your recovery period is greatly reduced. Where it can take two to three weeks, or longer, to heal from a traditional gum graft, it typically only takes 24 hours for the access hole in your gums to heal. You will also experience significantly less post-procedural pain and swelling.

How Much Does the Procedure Cost?

The Cost of Chao pinhole gum grafting is comparable to traditional gum grafting procedures. The cost may even be less since we can treat multiple teeth in the same appointment. You can also contact your dental insurance provider to find out if the procedure is covered and, if so, how much coverage you can expect. This can help you to determine how much you may need to pay out of pocket.

Experience the Benefits

There are numerous benefits associated with the Chao pinhole technique. These benefits include:
•  There is no need for any incisions. We only create one small access hole in your gums. The entire procedure can be performed through this hole.
•  We do not need to harvest tissue from the roof of your mouth, eliminating a second surgical site.
•  No stitches are required with this procedure.
•  We can correct gum recession in as little as one visit, and the results of your treatment are noticeable right away.
•  Treatment takes about half the time as traditional gum grafting. As many as 14 teeth can be treated in one to two hours.
•  Because treatment is non-invasive, you experience minimal bleeding, swelling, and pain.
•  Your recovery period is greatly reduced. Where it can take two to three weeks, or longer, to recover from traditional gum grafting, your access hole typically heals within 24 hours.
•  Improved oral health. Chao pinhole gum grafting restores a healthy, natural gum line. This helps your gums to reform a tight, protective seal around the necks of your teeth, preventing bacterial invasion.
•  Your smile improves. With the restoration of a natural gum line, your smile is greatly improved, which can help to give you a boost of confidence. You will not be able to help but show off your beautiful smile!

Are There Any Risks Associated with Chao Pinhole Gum Grafting?

The risks associated with the Chao pinhole gum grafting technique are very minimal. The procedure helps you to avoid the risks commonly associated with traditional gum grafting. Because we do not need to make any incisions, there is no risk of cutting into the wrong area of the mouth. There is no need for anesthesia with this technique. You only need a local anesthetic. This eliminates the risks associated with anesthesia use. With traditional gum grafting, one of the major risks is infection. Not only do you have surgical wounds, but you also have to worry about keeping them clean. Eating certain types of foods or brushing and flossing too close to the surgical sites can also increase your risk for infections. With the Chao pinhole technique, you do not have these same issues, which greatly reduces your risk of infection.

While being considered a much safer technique, the Chao pinhole technique does still have some minor risks associated with it. You may experience some tenderness and swelling after your procedure is complete, but it will be much less than with traditional gum grafting. There is also a very small risk of infection. However, because the access hole heals in about 24 hours, the window in which an infection can occur is significantly smaller. There are still some risks, but these risks are minor compared to the risks associated with traditional gum grafting. Moreover, because we are highly trained and experienced in performing the Chao pinhole technique, we can help further minimize any potential risks.

It is also important to keep in mind that you will need to maintain good oral hygiene practices following your treatment. While Chao pinhole gum grafting helps to restore your oral health, neglecting your oral care can increase your risk of developing gum disease. If gum disease occurs, gum recession can occur.

The Chao pinhole gum grafting technique allows us to restore your natural, healthy gum line without invasive surgery. Because of its non-invasive nature, this technique provides you with incredible results with less pain and shorter recovery time. Call Lake Sammamish Family Dentistry today at (425) 270-1075 for more information and to find out if you are a candidate for Chao pinhole gum grafting today.
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