Conventional gum grafting is painful. Dentists cut and remove tissue from the roof of the mouth, and then graft it onto the receded gum. Now a new procedure has been developed called the pinhole surgical technique. The recovery is less than a day. Traditional surgery requires two incisions, only corrects one to two teeth at a time, takes almost two hours, and there’s a three-week recovery.
NEW TECHNOLOGY: The Pinhole Surgical Technique was created by John Chao, DDS, as an alternative to gum grafts. In gum grafting, tissue is cut from the roof of the mouth and then sutures are used to close the wound. Sutures are also used to attach the graft to the new site. With Dr. Chao’s new technique, no suturing is used and only a single 0.1 inch incision is made. Once the small incision is made on the gums, the dentist uses special tools to displace the gum tissue to its normal position and a special collagen material is applied to stabilize the gums. The Pinhole Surgical Technique has been shown to be effective over 90 percent of the time, and patients experience less pain and a shorter recovery time compared to a gum graft.
Rate of success of the pinhole surgical technique is comparable to the highest rate attributed to traditional methods, according to the 33-month study of 43 patients with 121 sites treated; pinhole surgical technique shared the same 90% success rate as the traditional graft technique. The pinhole technique was accepted and published by the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, a highly acclaimed, peer-reviewed journal with world-wide readership.
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