Receding gums can age your smile, cause sensitivity in your teeth, and affect your oral health. In New Orleans, Dr. Duane Delaune is a certified provider of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. This technique corrects gum recession without grafting, cuts, or stitches and with minimal healing time.
What Is the Pinhole Surgical Technique?
The technique was developed by John Chao, DDS, MAGD, of Alhambra, CA. Gum recession has been traditionally treated with tissue grafting, which requires a donor site, usually the patient’s palate. And while the results are very positive, the technique was introduced recently, so there are as yet no long-term studies comparing it to traditional grafting procedures. The short-term studies, though, are very promising.
The Pinhole Technique was introduced in the October 2012 issue of The International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry. Since then, it has also been featured on the Doctors Show, the Dr. Steve Show, and over 240 television stations in the U.S. and Canada.
Gum Grafting vs. the Pinhole Technique
- Tissue is taken from the roof of your mouth.
- Your gums are cut to insert the tissue.
- The gum tissue is closed with stitches.
- The surgical sites will heal in one to two weeks.
Pinhole Surgical Technique
This technique corrects receding gums without a scalpel, tissue grafts, or stitches.
Dr. Delaune revitalizes your gum tissue with the steps below:
- A tiny entry point is made in area of the recessed gum tissue.
- A special dental instrument is placed in the hole to gently loosen the gum tissue and guide it into the correct position.
- Tiny collagen strips are placed through the pinhole and behind the gum tissue. The strips keep the gums in place, help your body generate more collagen tissue, and promote healing.
- The pinhole closes within 24 hours.
The photos on the right show how the technique rejuvenates gum tissue and can make your smile look healthier, younger, and more attractive.
What Can You Expect?
Before performing the Pinhole Surgical Technique, Dr. Delaune will examine your teeth and gums to ensure you have enough gum tissue to loosen and cover the tooth roots. The technique is minimally invasive and has several advantages, including:
- Minimal chair time – Treatment can often be completed in one to two hours.
- Minor discomfort – Any discomfort, swelling, or bleeding after the procedure will be minimal because no scalpel or stitches are used.
- Fast healing time – The pinhole heals quickly—often within 24 hours.
- Great results – Your gumline will be restored to its normal position and your smile will look more attractive.
Are You a Candidate for the Pinhole Technique?
If you have receding gums and would like to know if you’re a candidate for the Pinhole Surgical Technique, request an appointment with Dr. Delaune. Call us or complete our Request an Appointment form.