Pinhole Surgical Technique

As Seen in the Daily Mail

A patient of Dr. Sihra's was featured in the Daily Mail regarding the pinhole surgical technique he received here at Simplyteeth, dentist in Essex. Colin Errington discusses the treatment and also the prospect of facing life with false teeth.

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Pinhole Surgical Technique In Action

If you would like to find out more about the Pinhole Surgical Technique and gum recession treatments Dr Sihra and his team would be delighted to offer their advice.


Gum recession is one of those conditions that is associated with getting older and people who have noticeable gum recession are said to be, 'long in the tooth'. Age is not the only cause of gum recession, factors that can cause gum recession include; periodontal disease, genetic predisposition, aggressive tooth brushing and crooked teeth. Time tends to accentuate gum recession so that it becomes very noticeable and the roots of your teeth become exposed. Gum recession causes deterioration to your teeth as well as your smile.

Once the lower parts of your teeth are exposed they are more inclined to decay because there is no enamel to protect the roots and sadly teeth are likely to become loose and fall out easily. Having healthy gums results in having a healthy mouth, so you will need to make sure that your gums are in tip top condition before you embark on gum recession surgery. If you are a current smoker or still have periodontal disease you will not be able to have treatment straight away. This would be a good time to give up smoking and get all of your other dental issues solved.

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Brightens Your Smile Straight Away!

Until recently the only treatment available to treat gum recession were skin grafts and sutures. This effective gum recession treatment can be painful. The first diagram shows what your mouth looks like after receiving conventional gum recession treatment.

The second diagram shows what your gums will look like after having gum recession treatment called the Pinhole Surgical Technique. As you can see the only evidence of having had gum recession treatment is a small hole in your gum. The Pinhole Surgical Technique was devised by Dr John Chao, D.D.S and uses a needle sized hole instead of scalpel and stitches.

How The Pinhole Surgical Technique Works

Quite simply the Pinhole Surgical Technique works exactly as it is described. A needle is inserted into the gum to make a hole then specially shaped dental instruments are used to stretch the gum and pull it down to cover the teeth. The Pinhole Surgical Technique has the following benefits:-

  • Minimally invasive – no cutting or stitches.
  • Pinhole Surgery Technique is tolerable with minimal bleeding.
  • Several areas can be treated at once.
  • The Pinhole Surgical Technique solves your gum recession problems in one day.
  • Speedy recovery.
  • You can smile with confidence straight away!
What is gum recession?

Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gumline. This can occur as a result of periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, advanced periodontitis), the natural aging process, or abrasive habits when it comes to brushing the teeth.

Why should gum recession be taken seriously?

When gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed. This means that tooth decay and other problems can affect the teeth along the gumline and beneath it. Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is important for lasting dental wellness.

What is the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST)?

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST is incision and suture free.

All of the tools and techniques used to perform the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique were created by Dr. John Chao, and who trained our doctor.

How does the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) differ from traditional gum grafting?

Traditional gum recession treatments involve the use of donor tissue or soft tissue grafts in order to rebuild the gumline. This soft tissue would be sutured in place and would join with existing gum tissue as it healed.

While this traditional grafting treatment is effective, comparable results with better patient experience can be achieved through the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique.

How is Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) performed?

During the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, a 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 gumline to cover the exposed root structure.

There are no grafts, no sutures, and no incisions needed with the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. It simply involves the adjustment of the existing tissue.

What are the benefits of Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST)?

The benefits of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique are many:

  • Less discomfort for the patient after treatment
  • Faster recovery for the patient than traditional grafting
  • No need for uncomfortable sutures
  • No need for scalpels or invasive surgical tools
  • No need to take donor tissue from the patient's palate
  • Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results
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