The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is a cutting-edge, minimally invasive procedure that treats receding gums without cutting or suturing. Dr. Alvin Neff of Rogers, Arkansas is at the forefront of this progressive new treatment. The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, also known as Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation, was conceived and patented by Los Angeles dentist Dr. John Chao. Though only a few dental professionals in the country are currently trained to perform the procedure. It has already gained attention across a variety of media outlets. It has recently been featured on “The Doctors” in January. Receding gums can be caused by overly vigorous tooth brushing, aging, or gum disease. Traditional gum surgery can also result in very conspicuous gum recession; some of the healthy connective tissue is inevitably removed along with the infected gum tissue, which can lower the patient’s gum line anywhere between 2 mm to 15 mm. In addition to sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, gum recession can dramatically alter a person’s appearance, often resulting in a “gummy” smile and a prematurely aged look. Prior to The Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation, resolving gum recession required a gum grafting procedure. Gum grafting is an invasive procedure that requires cutting a portion of gum tissue from the palate and then suturing it to the receding areas. In most cases, dentists can only treat one or two teeth per session due to the pain and recovery time, so patients with significant recession may have to return several times to complete the procedure.
Dr. Neff uses a needle to make a small pinhole and then uses a specially designed tool to guide loosened gum tissue over to the receded part of the tooth. Because the treatment is minimally invasive, patients experience minimal bleeding, swelling, and pain. The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique also enables dentists to treat multiple teeth in one visit. The Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation provides patients with a revolutionary new option for treating gum recession and obtaining healthier, more attractive smiles with minimal inconvenience.