Great News for Periodontal Patients!
Pinhole Surgical Technique - Gum Disease Treatment in Tempe, Arizona
For our periodontal patients, or anyone with gingivitis or periodontitis, we are very excited to have a new option for the treatment of receding gums. With this new minimally invasive procedure, gum recession can be treated more easily, more quickly, and less painfully than in the past. This is great news for anyone who suffers from gum recession.
As you may know, periodontal disease (gum disease) can cause the gum line to recede from teeth, revealing roots and leaving them vulnerable to decay. As bacteria invade periodontal pockets, gum tissue is slowly destroyed, to create that distinct “long in the tooth” look. This process is gradual, so many patients don't even notice it is happening from day to day. Until now, gum tissue grafts have always been the best way to correct this condition, and protect tooth roots from exposure and decay.
Gum tissue grafts can help reclaim receding gum lines, but the graft procedure results in mouth sutures (stiches) and requires a significant period of healing. With the pinhole surgical technique, however, gum regeneration can be performed without the use of a scalpel and without the need for sutures. This patented technique is now available at Tempe Family Dental.
If you would like to learn more about this service, call our Tempe, Arizona officetoday at 480-838-3103 to schedule a consultation.
How the Process Works
In conventional treatment, gum regeneration is performed using tissue grafts, usually taken from the soft tissue in the roof of a patient's mouth or from a graft bank.After the tissue is placed over the exposed root, sutures hold the tissue in place so healing can begin. The sutures surround both the treated gums, as well as the site where the donor tissue in the soft palate was taken. This process is effective, but requires surgery and a considerable recovery period.
In contrast, during the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique a small surgical tool is used to separate gum tissue from the bone and gently nudge it back over the roots, which are then supported with small collagen implants. The patient usually remains awake during the procedure. The only incision is at the very small pinhole insertion site, which many patients claim heals within a day. The pinhole technique is less invasive, carries fewer risks than surgery, and is completed quickly and conveniently.
|Pinhole Surgical Technique||Gum Tissue Grafts|
|Can correct 10-14 teeth at once.
Can be completed in as little 20 minutes.
Recovery time is usually only one day.
Requires no surgery or sutures.
Corrects only 1-2 teeth at a time.
Requires 3 hours of surgery.
Requires 3 weeks of recovery time.
It is estimated that up to 50% of Americans have some degree of gum loss. Many people are not even aware they suffer from gingivitis or periodontitis, and do not see the dentist for fear of painful treatments. With the new pinhole technique, patients have the option to repair gum tissue without painful surgery and long, slow recovery periods. We are hoping this new service will encourage more of our patients to spread the word that painful gum treatments can be a thing of the past.
To learn more about how the pinhole surgical technique works, visit the website of John Chao, DDS MAGD, where you can watch instructional videos and see before and after images of patients who've benefited. This new technique has garnered quite a bit of media attention, and has been featured on the show The Doctors as well as several news shows from ABC, NBC, and Fox networks. Many have hailed this technique as a “painless” treatment for receding gums. Watch one of the videos and you'll see why.
At Tempe Family Dental, we are committed to learning the newest techniques in oral health care and acquiring the tools to treat your smile with evidence-based innovations in medical/dental science. If you or someone you know suffers from periodontal disease and may benefit from this minimally invasive gum regeneration treatment, call our Tempe, Arizona office today at 480-838-3103 to find out more and schedule a consultation.
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