Pinhole Gum Grafting

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  • No need for uncomfortable sutures
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Pinhole Gum Grafting is a procedure that gently pulls the gum back over the root of the tooth when the root has become exposed due to receding gums. Pinhole gum grafting does not require stitches and is less invasive than other, alternative procedures.

Gum recession can occur as a result of bacteria (periodontal disease: gingivitis and periodontitis), the natural ageing process, or abrasive habits when it comes to brushing the teeth. When gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed.

Exposing the root of the tooth means that tooth decay and other problems can begin to take affect along the gum line and beneath it.

If receding gums are left untreated, you may develop sensitive teeth, dental pain, further tissue loss and development of gum inflammation or become unhappy with your appearance (e.g. long teeth).

Pinhole Gum Grafting at the Neem Tree

If your gums begin to recede, your dentist may decide that a pinhole gum grafting procedure is necessary. Pinhole hum grafting allows ours specialist dentists to gently stretch the existing gum to cover the exposed root of the tooth.

This procedure is done by making a small pin-sized hole in the gum and gently pulling the gum to cover the root. Pinhole gum grafting does not require stitches and is much less uncomfortable and invasive than other, similar alternatives.

Contact us today to find out more about our Pinhole Gum Grafting services from our practices in Esher, Surrey or Wandsworth, South West London.

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Learn more about pinhole gum grafting

What is the pinhole gum grafting procedure?

Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is important for lasting dental wellness. The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) or Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting procedures, PST is a scalpel-free, suture-free and graft-free procedure created by Dr John Chao in California, USA. While traditional grafting treatment is effective, comparable results with better patient experience can be achieved through the innovative Pinhole® Surgical Technique.

During the Pinhole® Surgical Technique, a small needle is used to make a small hole in the patient’s existing gum tissue. Through this pinhole, special instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue. These tools help expand and slide the gum line to cover the exposed root structure. There are no gum grafts, no sutures, and no incisions needed which minimises any side effects including pain, swelling, and bleeding.

What are the effects of untreated gum recession?

Leaving receding gums can lead to a severe recession, sensitivity, root decay and tooth loss. This can cause more long term problems with aesthetic concerns and oral discomfort, making Pinhole Gum Grafting an important procedure.

Who can perform the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique?

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST®), invented and patented by John Chao, D.D.S. in California, USA. The only dentist who has been trained by Dr Chao can perform this procedure. Pinhole® Surgical Technique is performed by Dr Georgios Chatzopoulos DDS, MS who is trained and certified to provide this unique gum rejuvenation treatment.

What are the benefits of Pinhole Gum Grafting?

Prevents the progression of gum recession and bone loss.- protecting roots of teeth from decay.- prevention of sensitivity. – better aesthetic results.


Gum recession

Gum recession is a process that occurs when the gums weaken and begin to pull away from the tooth, exposing the root.