When the gum tissues around the base of your teeth begin to recede, it’s not only unsightly, it can also lead to more significant problems. Part of the job gums perform is to protect your tooth roots from bacteria. Without that gum barrier, the bacteria can cause decay that leads to bone deterioration and, ultimately, tooth loss. When your teeth roots become exposed—whether due to aggressive brushing, aging, heredity or other factors—your teeth can also become more sensitive, causing you discomfort while eating and drinking.
Having healthy gums is crucial to maintaining good oral health—and to safeguarding your full body health, which is the overarching goal of our practice. Gum recession is a condition that should not be taken lightly but should be treated as soon as possible. With the expertise of our founder Dr. Richard Porcelli and our team, and a groundbreaking procedure known as the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, we can restore your gums, help you avoid the need for dental implants or dentures, and preserve your overall wellbeing—all right here in the relaxing spa-like setting of our Bluffton, SC office.
Conventional treatment for gum recession often includes gum grafting, i.e., taking a small piece of tissue from one part of your gums and suturing it into the recession area. The gums then heal in place and begin to protect your tooth roots. While generally effective, this technique is highly invasive and doesn’t make for the best patient experience, either during the procedure or during the healing process. The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is different.
The revolutionary Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique offers a superior patient experience and improved results. During it, Dr. Porcelli makes a tiny hole in your gums, and using delicate instruments, pulls the existing tissue over the recessed area, covering the exposed tooth roots and restoring your natural gumline. There’s no removing tissue from one and placing it in another, just moving the existing tissue into a beneficial new position. Dr. Porcelli personally trained with Dr. John Chao, the creator of the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, to learn how to perform this innovative procedure. His training with Dr. Chao, and his proven skill as a cosmetic restorative dentist make him uniquely qualified to restore your gums and revitalize your smile. Trust no one else with something that precious to you.
The Chao Pinhole Rejuvenation Technique
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