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Chao Pinhole Technique – Green Bay, WI

No Scalpels, No Stitches, No Stress

Receding gums may not only make your smile less attractive, but they can also be uncomfortable because of tooth root sensitivity. For many years, the only treatment for gum recession was surgery that required a scalpel, an incision and stitches. Now, however, there is a non-invasive solution. Dr. Quandt performs the Chao Pinhole® Technique in Green Bay at Dental Designs by Quandt to comfortably treat receding gums and to give you a healthier and more aesthetically appealing smile.

Why Do I Have Receding Gums?

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Receding gums are also called gum or gingival recession. It is a dental condition that raises gum tissue along your top teeth or lowers it along your bottom teeth. As a result, roots are exposed, making teeth look longer and out of proportion. There can also be sensitivity and pain from exposed roots.

The following may all be a factor in gum recession:

  • The two stages of gum disease, gingivitis and periodontitis
  • Teeth grinding and clenching, or bruxism
  • Irregular tooth alignment
  • Brushing with a hard bristle toothbrush or brushing too aggressively
  • A family history of gum recession

Recessed gums can also increase your risk for tooth decay. That’s why treating gum recession is important to maintaining your overall oral health as well as the appearance of your smile.

What Happens During the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique?

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During this procedure, the dentist in Green Bay uses a dental needle to make a very small hole in your gums. Then, special instruments are inserted through the hole to gently loosen and move gum tissue. From the underside, gum tissue can be expanded and positioned over a recessed portion of your gums.

Ordinarily, treating recessed gums involves grafting tissue from your palate—the roof of your mouth—and suturing it into place over spots of gum recession. Removing tissue from the palate is often the most painful part of recovery for most patients.

However, there is no need for a tissue graft with the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Green Bay. Because the procedure is less invasive, recovery is typically easier and requires less time than traditional gum surgery. Many of Dr. Quandt’s patients are able to go about their normal activities the day after surgery. Even better, the benefits are evident in a more attractive looking smile and better oral health.