Chao Pinhole® Technique

Progressive Periodontics & Implant Dentistry provides Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique for treating gum recession in Eatontown and Howell. Contact us today to learn more and schedule your appointment. 

If you’re one of the 84% of adults who suffer from gum recession, you may have felt hesitant in the past about undergoing treatment. Although receded gums can result in a “long in the tooth” look that no one wants, traditional gum grafting procedures involve removing tissue from the palate and attaching the soft tissue onto the exposed roots. That’s why we’re proud to offer alternative options including the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST), a comfortable, minimally-invasive, scalpel- and suture-free method for treating gum recession. 

PST utilizes the existing gum tissue around the affected teeth, elevating them and using collagen to promote the growth of new tissue over the exposed roots. This treatment may be better suited to your needs than traditional surgery, depending on the amount of gum tissue you have in the receded area and the number of teeth involved.



Frequently Asked Questions About the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique

Is pinhole gum surgery permanent?

While no gum procedure can be considered permanent given variation of patient presentation and medical background, it is very effective at resolving gum recession.

How long does pinhole surgery last?

The amount of time your surgery takes depends on the number of teeth that need treatment. For most patients, surgery is complete in about two hours, but two treatments may be needed.

Is pinhole surgery painful?

The Chao pinhole technique is less invasive and requires no sutures, which means there is only minimal discomfort involved. You may experience some tenderness after your procedure, but this is usually be managed with minor discomfort relieving medications.

How successful is pinhole gum surgery?

The success rate of pinhole gum surgery is comparable to that of traditional gum grafting. 

How much does pinhole gum surgery cost?

The cost of your procedure depends on the amount of gum recession you have and the number of teeth that need to be treated. The average cost is $3000 per quadrant.

Does insurance cover pinhole surgery?

If your dental insurance covers periodontal procedures, it’s very likely that it also covers pinhole surgery. We will provide you with an estimate of your out-of-pocket expenses prior to your surgery or you can contact your dental insurance carrier for more details.

What can you eat after pinhole surgery?

After your surgery, we’ll provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to help your gums heal quickly. Because your gums will need to be protected after the procedure, you’ll need to be on a soft foods diet until the tissue matures. 

Can you exercise after pinhole surgery?

You should avoid exercise for seven days after your procedure. Take time to rest and relax so your body can focus its energy on healing.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment.