Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique: A Minimally Invasive Alternative to Traditional Gum Grafting


Gum recession can have serious effects on your oral health and the appearance of your smile. When the roots of your teeth become exposed, you are more vulnerable to decay and sensitivity, and your teeth may appear elongated. In the past, the only way to treat receding gums was with extensive gum grafting procedures. At Brooklyn Heights Dental® in Brooklyn Heights, NY, Dr. Eugene D. Stanislaus can perform the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, which is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional treatments. He can restore gums affected by recession in a single appointment, with no sutures or downtime. Whether your condition is caused by aggressive brushing or genetics, pinhole surgery can improve your oral health and protect your smile.*

What is the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique?

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is becoming an increasingly popular treatment option. Invented by Dr. John Chao, this minimally-invasive procedure can effectively treat gum recession without the use of scalpels, incisions, or sutures.

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Using a special instrument, your doctor can reposition the gum tissue over your teeth.

To perform pinhole surgery, a tiny opening is created in the gums. Using special dental instruments, the gum tissue is loosened and repositioned over the teeth. Small strips of collagen are then placed through the openings to stabilize the gums. This method protects the roots and results in fuller, more aesthetically-pleasing gum tissue.*

Invented by Dr. John Chao, this method can effectively treat recession with a minimally-invasive procedure which requires no scalpels, incisions, or sutures.

In contrast to conventional gum grafting procedures, pinhole surgery can be used to address multiple teeth during the same appointment. The surgery usually takes about one to two hours, and most patients can return to work or school on the same day.*

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique

The revolutionary Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique can correct gum recession without the need for incisions or sutures.

Benefits of the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique

Patients who undergo pinhole surgery can enjoy many benefits, including:

  • Reduced Sensitivity: When the dental roots are exposed, the teeth can become more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. After pinhole surgery, the roots are protected.
  • Less Discomfort: As pinhole surgery is minimally-invasive, patients experience less discomfort than they do during conventional gum grafting.*
  • Less Bleeding: Pinhole surgery is scalpel- and suture-free, so patients experience minimal post-operative bleeding.
  • Immediate Results: The effects of pinhole surgery are immediate. You should notice dramatic results as soon as you leave our office.*

At our practice, we are dedicated to patient care and will do everything we can to ensure your comfort during all stages of treatment.

Comparing the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique to Gum Grafting

Gum recession is a serious condition that should be addressed in a timely manner to prevent more severe periodontal health issues from arising. If you are suffering from gum recession, there are many reasons to consider Chao Pinhole® Surgery Technique vs gum grafting. This advanced procedure is faster than the traditional method, provides immediate results, and boasts virtually no downtime.

The Importance of Treating Gum Recession

Gum recession occurs when the gum line shrinks away from the teeth, exposing the dental roots beneath. Aside from the aesthetic consequences, gum recession can also make you more vulnerable to a host of dental issues. Because the roots of the teeth are not protected by enamel, they are susceptible to cavity-causing bacteria once exposed. Patients who suffer from gum recession may also experience severe sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. Covering the exposed roots can not only reduce sensitivity, it can also improve your oral health and protect your teeth.* 

Traditional Gum Grafting

Soft tissue grafting has been traditionally used to treat gum recession. This procedure requires donor tissue, which is either harvested from another part of the patients' mouth or selected from a bone and tissue bank. In the area of gum recession, small incisions are made to create a pocket. The donor tissue is placed in the pocket, and then secured with sutures. This procedure effectively covers exposed roots and replenishes lost tissue around the teeth. However, the advanced Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique offers comparable results with a minimally invasive approach.*

Why Choose the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique?

In comparison to traditional gum grafting, the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique offers significant advantages. While a gum graft requires incisions and sutures, pinhole surgery is performed through a tiny opening in the gums. As a result, no scalpels or stitches are necessary.

Using the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, multiple sites can be treated during the same session, whereas gum grafting typically necessitates several treatments. Healing from a traditional treatments can also take several months, while the results of pinhole surgery are immediately apparent.*

Using the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, multiple sites can be treated during the same session.

Patients who undergo pinhole surgery at Brooklyn Heights Dental can enjoy virtually no downtime, and can often return to work the same day. Additionally, treatment time is much faster than gum grafting, averaging approximately 20 minutes per tooth.*

As a conventional soft tissue graft often requires donor tissue from the palate, patients typically have two surgical sites rather than one – the donor and recipient site. This can lead to significant post-operative discomfort and prolonged recovery. However, because no donor tissue is required for the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, the procedure is much less invasive, resulting in an overall more comfortable experience.*

FAQs about the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique

Exploring treatment options for gum recession can seem overwhelming. Patients who are considering the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique often have questions regarding this revolutionary procedure. Dr. Stanislaus has compiled a list of answers to Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique FAQs to help you understand the procedure and its many benefits. 

What is gum recession?

Gum recession is a condition in which the gum tissue pulls away from the teeth, exposing the dental roots. This condition can be caused by aggressive brushing, periodontal disease, aging, or genetics.

Why is gum recession a serious issue?

Optimal oral health requires healthy teeth and gums. Gum recession can make your teeth more susceptible to decay and other complications.

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is a minimally-invasive alternative to traditional gum grafting.

What is the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique?

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is a minimally-invasive alternative to traditional gum grafting. Created by Dr. John Chao, the pinhole technique does not require scalpels or sutures.

How does the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique compare to traditional gum grafting?

Traditional gum grafting requires a tissue transplant from another part of the mouth, or donor tissue. Although conventional gum grafting is certainly successful, similar results can be achieved through the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique with minimal downtime, no scalpels, and no sutures.

How is the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique performed?

A small opening is made in the gums. Using special dental instruments, your doctor can loosen the gum tissue and carefully reposition the gums over the exposed roots.

What are the advantages of the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique?

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Less post-operative discomfort
  • Faster recovery time as compared to traditional grafting
  • No need for incisions or stitches
  • No grafting*

Dr. Stanislaus can design a personalized treatment plan suited to your dental needs. He has helped numerous patients with gum recession achieve healthier, balanced smiles.

How long do the effects of the procedure last?

The Chao Pinhole Technique is long-lasting. Patients can expect to enjoy a natural-looking smile for years to come.*

Will pinhole surgery cure my gum disease?

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Procedure will not cure gum disease. In order to qualify for pinhole surgery, you must be free of periodontal issues. However, pinhole surgery can be performed once periodontal treatment is complete.

How long does the procedure take?

The number of teeth being treated will dictate the length of the procedure. However, most cases can be completed in approximately one to two hours.*

How long is recovery?

As the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is minimally-invasive, some patients can return to work on the same day as their surgery. Typically, patients experience little discomfort, and can manage any post-operative discomfort with over-the-counter medications.*

How much does it cost?

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is comparable to the cost of traditional gum grafting. Although the procedure is not inexpensive, it is an excellent investment in your overall oral health. At Brooklyn Heights Dental®, we offer financing through CareCredit® for our patients’ convenience.

Advanced Techniques for Exceptional Care

Dr. Stanislaus is committed to providing his patients with the most advanced techniques to address gum disease and recession, including LANAP laser therapy3-D imaging systems, and the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique. Our entire team routinely participates in continuing education courses so we can bring cutting-edge treatments to our patients.

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique can only be performed by doctors who have undergone rigorous training. Currently, Dr. Stanislaus is the only dentist in Brooklyn who is certified in this revolutionary procedure. He has helped countless patients achieve a healthier, more balanced smile.

Learn More about the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique

If you have a receding gum line and are hesitant to undergo traditional gum surgery, the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique may be the solution for you. To determine your candidacy, schedule a consultation with Dr. Stanislaus. You may contact us online anytime or call our office at (718) 857-6639. 

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