A technique that has been introduced to the periodontal world is called the Chao Pinhole Technique, created by Dr. John Chao.
Gum disease affects close to 50% of US adults over the age of 30, and that increases to 70% of adults over the age of 65! Gum disease not only harms the health of your mouth, it can also increase your chances of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
An early sign of gum disease is gum recession. Gum recession is the loss of gum tissue which makes your teeth appear longer because the gums are pulling away from your teeth. When you catch gum recession in the early stages it can be treated by a periodontist.
The periodontist will begin by giving you a local anesthesia to numb any pain.
Next, your periodontist will make a small hole in your gum tissue using a needle.
The periodontist then uses a special dental tool to gently slide your gum tissue down to cover the exposed root.
The Chao Pinhole Technique is a terrific alternative to traditional gum recession treatment, which includes taking healthy tissue from other areas of your mouth. Not every periodontist uses this technique, but there are many specialists that are using it more and more.