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Always A Step Ahead With Gum Recession Treatment – The Chao Pinhole Technique


A few months ago we wrote a blog article, ‘How The Chao Pinhole Technique Painlessly Solves Gum Recession’, which describes a new procedure that treats gum recession less invasively than traditional techniques. It seems that our efforts to strive to be at the cutting edge of all new dental treatments has succeeded because the Chao Pinhole Technique has only recently been talked about in the National Press. In the Daily Mail today (1st September 2015) an article has been published discussing one of our patient’s, Colin Errington, experience of the Chao Pinhole Technique.

In the article a number of experts, including our own Dr Sihra, explained how the procedure works and how it is beneficial to patients. The Chao Pinhole Technique has only been used in the UK for the past two years. We have been developing our own expertise during this time, making us one of the most experienced dental surgeries providing this treatment. As with all treatments not everyone’s gums will be suitable for treatment but a consultation with your dentist, who will assess the quality of your gums, will confirm your suitability.

If your dentist has ascertained that you are a suitable candidate for treatment you will experience a lot less pain and inconvenience than if the traditional technique was used. For a start you would be able to have a larger section of teeth treated, you wouldn’t need to have grafts removed from another part of your mouth, you wouldn’t need stitches and your recovery time is almost instant. After your procedure you will be given instructions on how to clean your teeth in such a way that you don’t undo the end result.

There are many reasons why our gums recede but adopting a careful oral hygiene routine will ensure that, if your gums need treating, you will be able to have the surgery because your mouth is otherwise healthy.

If you would like to find out more about the Chao Pinhole Technique contact us here for more information.


Dr Sihra Is Gaining Media Momentum With His Pinhole Technique



Since Dr Sihra’s appearance in the Daily Mail relating to his expertise in the Chao Pinhole Technique to treat gum recession he has gained recognition for being at the cutting edge of new dental treatments. Dr Sihra is going to make an appearance in the Lifestyle section of The Basildon Echo this week. Dr Sihra is one of only three dentists qualified to perform the revolutionary Chao Pinhole Technique in the whole of the UK. As we have mentioned in previous posts the Chao Pinhole Technique is a quick and painless solution to treating receding gums.

As well as perfecting the Chao Pinhole Technique Dr Sihra is also an expert in other forms of cosmetic dentistry such as; Six Months Smiles, Fastbraces, tooth whitening and laser gum surgery. Dr Sihra reveals that putting the smile back onto people’s faces is a passion of his and has perfected many dental techniques to do just that. He says, “I love working with people, and love improving their smile and confidence.”

Dr Sihra graduated from the Royal School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2001 and went straight into dental practice. During the past fourteen years he has worked tirelessly to provide high quality and affordable dental treatments so that everyone can enjoy having a happy smile. Dr Sihra has also shared his immense knowledge and experience of dentistry by teaching 4th and 5th year undergraduates in the dental school, at The London Hospital. He has also provided vocational training in his own Simplyteeth practices, enabling more people to benefit from his dental expertise.

Never one to rest on his laurels, Dr Sihra has continuously strived to improve his own knowledge in dentistry by undertaking a wide range of courses so that he can be at the forefront of new dental techniques. Programmes such as Towie, stars such as Rylan and our obsession with selfies has fuelled the cosmetic dentistry industry. The skills Dr Sihra has makes him a very good person to talk to if you would like to give your smile a Hollywood makeover.

If you would like to arrange a consultation with Dr Sihra regarding any of our treatments to help you to improve your smile, please contact us here.


The Risks of Gum Disease


What is gum disease?

Chances are you have heard the words ‘gum disease’ before. It was become one of the most common dental problems in the UK but a lot of people still don’t know exactly what it is and whether they have it or not. Caused by plaque build up, it is believed that 83% of people show some signs of gum disease at one point of their lives of another.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Plaque is the sticky substance that builds up on teeth if they are not cleaned properly. It contains bacteria which irritates the gums. Symptoms of gum disease include red, sore, inflamed, bleeding or itchy gums or bad breath. If still left untreated it can lead to gum recession and eventually loosening and loss of teeth as the bacteria eats away at the bone and tissue. The early stage of gum disease is called Gingivitis. If left untreated this can develop into Periodontitis.

Treatment of Gum Disease

Gum disease needs treatment. When it gets more serious, bacteria gets into the bloodstream and can cause damage to other parts of the body. For minor or early cases of gum disease, an improved oral hygiene routine will improve the disease. This includes brushing teeth twice daily, flossing and having regular dental check ups. For more serious cases further treatment will be needed but once gum disease gets to that stage it cannot be cured, only managed.

Gum Recession and Dental Implants

For gum recession cases we use pinhole surgical technique to rejuvenate the gum and return it to the correct position. For tooth loss there is also the option of having dental implants to make the mouth look natural again and to ensure eating and drinking can be normal. The main message is to avoid gum disease you must maintain good oral hygiene as well as visiting your dentist regularly as they will be able to spot any sign of the disease and give you advice on your dental care. If you think you do have symptoms of gum disease please book an appointment with us as soon as possible.


How The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique Painlessly Solves Gum Recession


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.

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is very simple and will not leave you with unsightly stitches and a painful mouth at the end of your treatment. The Pinhole Surgical Technique does not rely on skin grafts and can be completed in one session. An incision is made into the patient’s gum using a needle then specially invented dental instruments are used to stretch the gum enabling it to expand and cover the exposed roots. There is no need to use a scalpel or any other blades because the principle behind the whole procedure is an adjustment of existing gum tissue.


One of the greatest benefits of The Pinhole Surgical Technique is that you can smile confidently straight away after treatment with very little evidence of the procedure to be seen. If you are interested in finding out more about the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique to solve your gum recession problem please click on this link where you will be able to watch a demonstration video about it.

If you think that the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique could be the answer to your gum recession problems, please feel free to make an appointment and we can discuss the best course of treatment.

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