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Memphis, TN, 38119

The Pinhole Technique is a revolutionary, minimally invasive treatment that can quickly and effectively correct gum recession.

At Periodontal Associates of Memphis, preventing periodontal disease from causing irreversible damage to your gums and the underlying bone is a priority. The Pinhole Surgical Technique is a specialty dental procedure performed only by certified periodontists who have been trained in this advanced technique.

Gum Recession can now be corrected with a revolutionary new technique pioneered by Dr. John Chao, and performed by Dr. Godat here in Memphis! We are ready and able to provide you with this minimally-invasive solution. Contact us for an appointment today!

What is the Pinhole Surgical Technique?

The Pinhole Surgical Technique (also known as Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation or the Chao Pinhole Technique) involves the use of specialized, tiny tools that can access affected areas of the gums without the need for traditional gum surgery. The gums are simply lifted gently back into the correct position on the surface of the teeth, creating a healthy, even gumline that can prevent infection and protect the bone under the gums.

What are the Benefits of the Pinhole Surgical Technique?

Using the Pinhole Surgical Technique to treat gum recession can help preserve vulnerable tooth roots and the underlying bone of the jaw, with minimal downtime or disruption to daily life. Gum grafting is restricted to addressing the gums around only one or two teeth at a time, requiring multiple appointments with long recovery times to address the entire mouth. In contrast, pinhole gum surgery can be completed on full arches of teeth in one appointment, as the process only takes several minutes per tooth. Recovery is quick, there are usually no food restrictions beyond a day or two, and only minor discomfort is experienced by most patients.

How does the Pinhole Surgical Technique Work?

This short video will demonstrate how the Pinhole Surgical Technique works.

Before the Pinhole Surgical Technique can be performed, a deep cleaning of the teeth and gums is required. A local anesthetic is then applied and allowed to numb the gums. For every few teeth that are being treated, a single tiny hole is made in the gum surface to allow Dr. Godat to insert the small tool used to perform the procedure. The special instrument is gently inserted and worked carefully to loosen the gum tissue and allow its position to be corrected. When the gum completely covers the root of the teeth and the gumline is even and attractive, small collagen strips are inserted between the gums and the teeth. This helps the gum tissue to stick to the teeth while it creates more collagen to naturally adhere in its new position. The instrument is then removed, and the next few teeth worked on. The holes typically heal in a single day, and the gumline is stable.

Who is a Candidate for Pinhole Gum Surgery?

Patients most likely to benefit from the Pinhole Surgical Technique have already experienced recession of the gums. Receding gums reveal the tooth roots, allow pockets to form that hold dangerous bacteria, and can lead to decay and infection. Over time, advanced gum recession can cause teeth to loosen in their sockets and fall out or become irrevocably damaged by decay.

Periodontics Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of periodontics, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to periodontics are discussed.

Ask Us About the Pinhole Technique Today

If you think you could be a candidate for pinhole gum surgery, contact Periodontal Associates of Memphis. A consultation with Dr. Godat can determine if your receding gums can be treated using this minimally invasive technique. Request your appointment today!