The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Sunnyvale
Receding gums can be an uncomfortable and unsightly problem. Typically, treatment for gum recession requires surgery involving a scalpel, incision and sutures. Today, however, there is a non-invasive solution. Dr. Provines performs the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Sunnyvale to more comfortably treat gum recession and create healthier and more aesthetically appealing smiles.
What Causes Gum Recession?
Gum recession, also known as gingival recession or receding gums, is a common dental problem that causes gum tissue to rise on your upper teeth or descend on your lower teeth. As a result, teeth roots are exposed and your teeth look longer.
Receding gums are caused by a number of dental and oral health problems including:
- All stages of gum disease—gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis
- Bruxism, more commonly known as teeth grinding and clenching
- Poorly aligned teeth
- Using a toothbrush with hard bristles
- Not flossing regularly
- Personal genetics
Exposed tooth roots not only make teeth look disproportionately long. They may also lead to tooth sensitivity, pain when chewing, bleeding gums when you brush or floss your teeth and an increased risk of tooth decay.
What Happens During the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique
During this procedure, Dr. Provines uses a needle to make a very small hole in your gums. Special instruments are inserted through this hole to gently loosen and move gum tissue. From the underside, gum tissue can be expanded and positioned over a recessed portion of gum tissue.
Traditionally treating gum recession necessitates a tissue graft. Normally, tissue is taken from your palate—the roof of your mouth—and sutured into place over spots of gum recession. Removing tissue from the palate is often the most painful part of recovery for most patients.
However, the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Sunnyvale does not require a tissue graft. Therefore, the procedure is not as invasive and recovery is easier and usually takes quite a bit less time than traditional gum surgery. Many of Dr. Provine’s patients report that they are able to go about their daily routine the day after surgery. Even better, the benefits are evident in a more attractive looking smile and better oral health.
If you’ve been told or if you can see that you have receding gums, contact the Peninsula Center for Implantology. Dr. Provines would be delighted to meet with you to discuss more details about the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. Our team is happy to serve patients from Sunnyvale and all nearby areas.