Chao Pinhole Recession Surgery in Loveland, CO

A Simple Solution for Gum Recession

patient smiling as dentist evaluates his smile with dental toolsAre you experiencing gum recession and searching for an effective and minimally invasive solution? Look no further than Chao pinhole recession surgery! At the Center for Advanced Dentistry, Dr. Andrew Howard is one of the best dentists in Loveland, CO, for your gum health needs. Learn more about this painless procedure and if you qualify. 

What is Gum Recession?

Gum recession, also known as gingival recession, refers to the wearing away or pulling back of the gum tissue around the teeth. This condition exposes the tooth roots and can lead to oral health issues if left untreated. 

What is Chao Pinhole Recession Surgery?

Chao pinhole recession surgery, also known as the pinhole surgical technique, is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional gum grafting, which involves taking tissue from one part of the mouth and grafting it onto the receded areas. 

Advantages of Chao Pinhole Recession Surgery

Chao pinhole recession surgery offers several advantages over traditional gum grafting and other recession treatment options, including:

  • Minimally Invasive: Unlike traditional gum grafting, Chao pinhole recession surgery doesn’t involve cutting or sutures. 
  • No Donor Tissue Required: With Chao pinhole recession surgery, there’s no need to harvest tissue from another part of your mouth or use donor tissue. This eliminates additional surgical sites and reduces the risk of complications.
  • Natural-Looking Results: The repositioned gum tissue provides natural coverage for the exposed roots, enhancing the aesthetics of your smile. 
  • Faster Healing: Thanks to its minimally invasive nature, Chao pinhole recession surgery allows faster healing than traditional gum grafting. Most patients can resume their normal activities within a day or two after the procedure.
  • Long-Lasting Results: By addressing gum recession early, you can prevent further damage and maintain optimal oral health.

How Does Chao Pinhole Recession Surgery Work?

dentist showing patient model of teeth in front of X-ray scansEvaluation and Planning

The first step in the Chao pinhole recession surgery process is a comprehensive evaluation by Dr. Howard at the Center for Advanced Dentistry in Loveland, CO. He’ll assess the extent of your gum recession and determine if you’re a suitable candidate.

Local Anesthetic and Dental Sedation

Before the surgery begins, a local anesthetic is administered to numb the treatment area. This ensures that you’re comfortable and pain-free throughout the procedure. Dr. Howard may also administer your preference for dental sedation, which is particularly effective for those with dental anxiety. 

Pinhole Creation

Using a specialized needle, Dr. Howard creates a small pinhole-sized entry point in the gum tissue near the area of recession. This pinhole serves as the access point for the entire surgical process.

Gum Repositioning

Through the pinhole, Dr. Howard uses special instruments to gently loosen and reposition the existing gum tissue. He carefully moves the gum tissue down or up, covering the exposed root surfaces and creating a more natural gum line.

Collagen Strips

To stabilize the repositioned gum tissue and promote healing, small collagen strips are placed through the pinhole. These strips help support the gum tissue in its new position while encouraging the growth of healthy tissue.

Recovery and Results

After the procedure, patients can expect a relatively quick recovery compared to traditional gum grafting techniques. The pinhole incision site typically heals quickly and without the need for sutures. Most patients experience minimal post-operative discomfort and can resume their normal activities within a day or two.

Frequently Asked Questions

Painless Gum Recession Treatment with Dr. Howard

Chao pinhole recession surgery offers a breakthrough solution for treating gum recession. This innovative technique provides numerous advantages, including minimal discomfort, faster recovery, and natural-looking results. Don’t let gum recession hold you back from enjoying a healthy, beautiful smile. Schedule a consultation by calling our Loveland, CO, office today at (970) 669-3918. We also welcome patients from Windsor, Campion, and Fort Collins.