Revolutionary pinhole surgical technique treats gum recession without scalpels in Citrus Heights, CA

Patients with receding gums benefit from the Pinhole surgical technique in Citrus Heights, CA

Gum disease is incredibly common, and it is estimated that half of adults over age 30 are afflicted by it. In addition to pain and discomfort, periodontal disease can lead to gum recession, exposing tooth roots and making your teeth look longer than they should. Previously, patients suffering from gum recession had to undergo invasive surgeries involving scalpels and gum grafts to have any hope of treating the issue, but thanks to a new treatment called the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, patients can now find relief from receding gums without scalpels and stitches. Dr. Darryl Azouz in Citrus Heights, CA is excited to offer this groundbreaking treatment to his patients to minimize their recovery times, reduce possible complications, and provide a more comfortable experience.

How the Pinhole Surgical Technique works

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST®) was developed and patented by dentist John Chao, DDS, MAGD, to provide patients with a scalpel- and suture-free option for treating gum recession. In the procedure, the dentist uses a needle to create a small hole in the gums (which is why the treatment is named “pinhole”) and then uses special instruments designed specifically for the procedure to loosen the gums gently in the area of recession and place it back over the tooth.

Benefits of the Pinhole Surgical Technique

Historically, the only way to treat gum recession was with surgical gum grafting procedures that involved harvesting healthy tissue from the roof of your mouth (called your palate) and then grafting it on to the site of gum recession. After a gum graft, patients were left with multiple wounds in the mouth, sutures, and the possibility of many complications. With the Pinhole Surgical Technique, however, scalpels and sutures are unnecessary, which has a number of benefits for the patient:

  • Because no cuts are made with scalpels, sutures are unnecessary and the pain from the procedure is minimized
  • The results are permanent in most patients; while there can be some changes over time due to normal aging processes, the treatment should last for many years in most cases
  • There are few risks to the procedure, especially when compared to traditional gum grafts
  • There is no limit to the number of teeth that can be treated in one session, whereas with gum grafting, only a small number of teeth can be treated at one time due to the need to harvest tissue from another location in the mouth
  • Recovery is rapid – instead of a recovery period of two to three weeks with a gum graft, there is no downtime with the Pinhole Surgical Technique

What to expect during your treatment

The first step in the Pinhole Surgical Technique is to thoroughly clean your gums and teeth in the areas that will be treated. Then, a local anesthetic is used to numb the area so you don’t feel any discomfort during the treatment.

After you are numbed, Dr. Azouz uses a specialized needle to make a tiny hole in the gums above the receding area. Then, he inserts an angled instrument into the hole to delicately loosen the gum tissue from the underlying bone, and glides it into its proper place over the exposed tooth root. Finally, collagen strips are placed in the treatment area to help stimulate new collagen production and naturally boost the healing process. Many teeth can be treated at one time—it usually takes around 20 minutes to treat the first couple of teeth, but if someone’s whole mouth is being treated, the whole process only takes about an hour and a half. Patients leave the office with instant results and a transformed smile.

Pinhole Surgical Treatment cost

The cost of the Pinhole Surgical Treatment is approximately the same as a traditional gum graft, but it has the benefits of minimal downtime, little pain, and reduced risk of complications. At Sacramento Natural Dentistry, our office team is happy to work with you to determine whether your insurance will cover the procedure.

Determining if you are a good candidate

If you have receding gums, you may be a good candidate for the Pinhole Surgical Procedure. It is important to treat any underlying gum disease prior to the procedure so that it does not impact your long-term results. Dr. Darryl Azouz is a Certified Pinhole Dentist, which means that he has undergone specialized training to learn how to properly use the technique to treat patients with gum recession.

Sacramento Natural Dentistry is conveniently located in Citrus Heights, CA and serves the greater Sacramento area. If you are suffering from receding gums or other dental issues, we encourage you to call our office at (916) 823-8585 to schedule a consultation today and learn the difference that holistic dentistry can make in your life.

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