1310 Alverser Plaza Midlothian, Virginia 23113
(804) 897-9800

Pinhole® Gum Therapy


Do you suffer from sensitivity, pain, tooth loss, or bad breath because of gum recession? Or maybe you are embarrassed because the condition makes you look “long in the tooth”. Pinhole® Gum Therapy is a safe, effective treatment option you should consider. If you are in the Midlothian, VA area, Dr. Alex Hawkins at Hawkins Family Dentistry is specially qualified and trained in the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™.

What is the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique?

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique was invented and patented by Dr. John Chao over a decade ago. This innovative, minimally invasive treatment is an excellent alternative option for patients suffering from the negative consequences of receding gums. Its safety and long-term effectiveness have been researched, studied, and proved.

If you are interested in learning more about Pinhole gum therapy, our friendly staff is here to answer your questions. Feel free to give us a call at (804) 897-9800 or schedule an appointment online.

Traditional treatment involves harvesting your own soft tissue (usually from the roof of your mouth) and transplanting it to the area of deficiency. In some cases, the graft may be purchased from a tissue bank. To place the graft, the recipient site must be incised, and the existing gum tissue must be temporarily moved back. Once the graft is in place, the gum tissue is repositioned, and the site is secured with sutures.

Conversely, pinhole gum therapy does not involve scalpels or sutures. Instead, Dr. Hawkins will use a needle to make tiny holes in the gum tissue. He will then insert special instruments into the entry point and use them to gently loosen and free your receded gums. Next, he will place resorbable collagen strips to help stabilize your gums and stimulate new tissue growth. Finally, he will carefully guide your gums into a healthy position, creating a new gumline.

What are the advantages of pinhole gum therapy?

This advanced, innovative treatment option offers numerous advantages. The most obvious benefits include improved comfort and reduced pain, swelling, and bleeding.

And unlike traditional gum surgery, which limits treatment areas and often requires several appointments, this revolutionary option makes treating multiple locations at one time possible. In fact, Dr. Hawkins can treat your entire mouth in one setting if needed, helping you maximize your time.

What is gum recession?

Also known as gingival recession, receding gums can result from numerous factors. As the tissue deteriorates, more of the tooth is exposed. Severe recession can lead to exposed tooth roots.

While many patients complain about the gum loss causing their teeth to look too long, there can be more serious problems lurking. Some of the potential consequences include bad breath, tooth sensitivity or pain, loose teeth, and tooth loss. 

The leading cause for gum recession is gum disease, but there can be other culprits. Common causes include aging, genetics, smoking, poor oral hygiene, and harsh brushing.

Am I a candidate for Pinhole gum therapy?

If you have receding gums, also known as gingival recession, you may be a candidate. Several factors come into play, but the most important consideration is your overall health and the health of your gums.

Patients seeking treatment for cosmetic purposes alone are excellent candidates. If, however, you are experiencing active gum disease, we will have to address that first.

Smoking can also be a factor, so if you are a smoker, you may be advised to hold off on this treatment until after quitting. Moreover, you must have an adequate amount of remaining gum tissue for this procedure to be successful.

At your consultation, Dr. Hawkins will perform a thorough oral examination and go over your medical history to determine if you are a good candidate. He will then discuss your options and proposed treatment plan.

Schedule a consultation at our practice.

If you are interested in learning more about Pinhole gum therapy, our friendly staff is here to answer your questions. Call us today at 804-897-9800 for more information.

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Hawkins Family Dentistry

1310 Alverser Plaza

Midlothian, Virginia 23113

(804) 897-9800

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