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. Eugene D. Stanislaus has compiled a list of answers to Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique FAQs to help you understand the procedure and its many benefits. Certified in the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, Dr. Stanislaus offers this innovative alternative to traditional gum grafting our Brooklyn Heights, NY, dental practice.
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.
Learn More about Our Services
If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, we invite you to schedule a visit with Dr. Stanislaus. He is currently the only dentist in Brooklyn certified to perform this treatment. You can call our office at (718) 857-6639 or contact us online anytime.
"I've been very happy with my experiences at Dr. Stanislaus's office, and highly recommend him to anyone in the New York City area. He and his staff go above and beyond to do the best job possible."-R.B. (Patient)