Pinhole® Surgical Technique

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Gum disease, overaggressive brushing and other factors may lead to unattractive gum recession. If your gums have receded, our dentist may recommend the Chao Pinhole surgical technique to help you regain healthy gum tissue in the affected areas. Covering your roots improve the appearance of your teeth. It also will reduce risk of tooth decay on exposed root surfaces. To learn more about the Pinhole surgical technique in Lebanon, Oregon, and set up a consultation with Dr. Dennis Clark, please contact us today at 541-451-1440.


The Chao Pinhole® technique is a procedure used to correct gum recession. Gum recession may occur as a result of a number of factors, including periodontal disease, tobacco use, hormonal changes, genetic susceptibility, insufficient dental care or overly aggressive tooth brushing. These factors can all cause the gum tissues to recede, exposing more of the tooth structure and tooth root. Receding gums can lead to gaps or “pockets” forming between the teeth and the gums, which makes it easy for disease-causing bacteria to accumulate and damage oral tissues. Without proper treatment, gum recession can result in severe damage to the tissues and bone and may even lead to tooth loss. In order to prevent these serious consequences and to keep your smile healthy, our dentist may recommend the Chao Pinhole surgical technique.

Pinhole surgery is a scalpel-free and suture-free way to correct gum recession. In this treatment, a small hole is created in the gums using a needle. We then use specially designed instruments to gently loosen the gum tissue and slide it back over the area of the tooth where the gums have receded. Because this treatment does not require any cutting or stitching, it involves minimal discomfort during and after the procedure. The Chao Pinhole technique also gives you an immediate cosmetic improvement! We welcome you to contact our friendly office today to learn if the Chao Pinhole surgical technique is right for you and schedule your next appointment with our team.

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