Save Your Smile with the Pinhole Technique for Periodontal Treatment

Cosmetic Dentistry
Save Your Smile with the Pinhole Technique for Periodontal Treatment

Does hearing “no cavities” from the dentist make you want to celebrate? Do you think that teeth are all that matter when it comes to a beautiful smile?

Think again.

Sure, crooked, stained, chipped, or missing teeth don’t look attractive or healthy. But gum health is often neglected or ignored. Healthy gums actually play an essential role in retaining teeth and having a great smile–as well as fresh breath.

You shouldn’t drive your car 50,000 miles without an oil change. But it’s easy to neglect oil changes because the results of not changing motor oil may not show up for a long time. But without proper maintenance on your car, you should expect consequences.

Similarly, gum health, or periodontal health, requires periodic maintenance or you will face consequences. Don’t take your gum health for granted. Healthy gums are the foundation for strong teeth and good oral health. If you’ve noticed mild gum recession, big problems are lurking around the corner. Gum recession leads to tooth sensitivity and long, old-looking teeth—then tooth loss and bone deterioration. It’s serious. (Fortunately, our dentists offer a revolutionary, minimally invasive treatment known as the pinhole technique. Read on to learn more.)

If you live in the Watertown, MA area, contact All Dental Center online or call (617) 229-7702 to schedule a consultation and find out if you are a candidate for the revolutionary pinhole periodontal treatment.

Why should I care about my gums when my teeth look fabulous?

An infection in periodontal tissue won’t go away without professional dental treatment. The damage will only increase with time.

Gums recede when the healthy bond between gums and teeth is broken down by infection. Gum tissue pulls away from teeth, and pockets of bacteria form at the gum line. The infection ultimately destroys the bone that holds teeth in place. As it progresses, periodontal disease causes tooth loss, gum loss, and the death of jawbone tissue.

Sound good to you? Probably not!

Tooth loss causes an aged face, and while a dental implant or dentures can replace teeth, the procedures are costly and time consuming.

How did my gums get infected? I’m a healthy person!

The mildest form of gum disease is gingivitis. It starts when a build-up of bacterial plaque hardens into calculus and gums become irritated, inflamed, and bleed easily. In this early stage of the condition, teeth remain stable and symptoms are mild. Some people don’t even know they have gingivitis.

That’s why checkups are so important. At your checkups, the dentist or hygienist will look for the first signs of gum disease. Then, the dentist treats gingivitis before it grows into periodontitis.

Why care about periodontitis when your teeth look great?

If you want to keep your natural teeth (and who doesn’t?), you MUST get treatment.

The main cause of gum recession is gum disease, but many other factors come into play.

Hormone fluctuations, genetics, certain medications, and smoking can cause gums to become vulnerable, as can teeth grinding or clenching, aging, and even aggressive brushing.

Wait. WHAT?

How crazy is that? Brushing can be bad?

Should you just stop brushing? That would be ridiculous.

Flossing and brushing your teeth remain at the top of the list for maintaining a healthy mouth. But the key is brushing and flossing correctly.


Watch a dentist describe how to brush your teeth properly.

How can I stop gum recession and disease?

If you have gum disease, the most common treatment a dentist or hygienist will recommend is a deep cleaning. This procedure involves scaling and root planing.

Attending your deep cleaning appointments and regular dental visits will allow the dental team to keep track of how your gums heal. The goal is for gums to reattach to your teeth and become pink, healthy, and tight. However, if a deep cleaning doesn’t solve the issue, you may need gum surgery.

But who wants gum surgery? It’s an invasive procedure that requires cutting, stitches, and a long, painful recovery. No thank you!

Connective tissue grafts used to be the standard treatment option. This painful procedure requires a graft. Usually, the graft is either removed from the patient’s upper oral palate or from a cadaver. Both types of grafts add risks and extend recovery time.

Fortunately, you have another option.

Dr. John Chao developed a minimally invasive procedure called the pinhole technique. It doesn’t involve cutting or stitches. Recovery is minimal, and some patients don’t experience any down time. This revolutionary procedure is possible for most patients.

See Dr. Chao explain and perform the pinhole technique here.


And here’s good news for you: All Dental Center in Watertown, MA offers the pinhole technique.

Why should I choose the pinhole technique?

Safe and Effective

First of all, let’s address its safety. Dr. Chao has been performing this technique for over a decade. Today, there are many dentists who have studied it, performed it, and conducted their own research. The results prove that the pinhole technique is effective, long-term.

In 2012, the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry published a study that showed the stability of the technique over a nine-year period. (1)

No Cutting and Stitching

With the pinhole treatment, a very small hole is made in the gum tissue. Then, a special instrument is inserted into the hole to gently move gum tissue back over the teeth, to create a new gum line.

Inserting resorbable collagen keeps the altered gum tissue in place as connective tissues regrow.

And that’s it!

No Painful Gum Grafting

The gum grafting necessary for traditional periodontal surgery sometimes requires the patient to attend several visits, while allowing gum tissue to heal between appointments.

Because the pinhole technique doesn’t use a graft, the risk, pain, and recovery time of tissue grafting isn’t applicable. And without a graft, the whole procedure is completed in one visit.

It’s fast!

Treatment can be performed, start to finish, over your lunch hour.

Bonus: Affordability

The pinhole technique eliminates several costs, such as:

  • The dentist’s time and overhead
  • Materials and medications
  • Tissue grafting
  • Time lost from missing work
  • Travel expenses to and from multiple visits

Learn more about this revolutionary treatment in this article from Dr. Tina Beck.

Waiting could be catastrophic!

Gum disease is progressive and chronic—this means it won’t just go away. So don’t risk losing your natural teeth and healthy smile. And don’t postpone treatment out of fear over pain or treatment costs. The best time to undergo the pinhole technique is when a dentist first recognizes gum disease.

If you’ve noticed symptoms or have sensitivity from gum recession, it’s time to see the dentist. He’ll answer all your questions about periodontal disease and the pinhole technique.

Our dentists have special training for this procedure, and many of our patients have enjoyed the results of an affordable, comfortable alternative to traditional gum surgery. If you live in the Watertown, MA area, contact All Dental Center online or call to schedule a consultation and find out if you are a candidate for the revolutionary pinhole periodontal treatment.


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