Many of us are guilty of overlooking our gums when it comes to our oral health. Nevertheless, they play a crucial role, not only in supporting our teeth in place but also in our overall wellbeing. This is because poorly looked after gums are more likely to develop a condition called periodontal disease. Periodontal disease causes the gums to become inflamed and infected, and the infection doesn’t only destroy gum tissue and bone, causing tooth loss, but it has also been linked to more serious health conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and more.


Gum recession is one of the most common side effects of moderate to severe periodontal disease, and if it occurs, it can quickly cause your periodontal disease to worsen, as well as putting you at severe risk of tooth loss. Gum recession is characterized by the gum tissue pulling away from the base of the teeth, causing gaps to develop and making the teeth look abnormally long.


Other causes of gum recession

In addition to periodontal disease, gum recession can be caused by a variety of other factors. Aside from periodontal disease (also known as periodontitis) some of the most common reasons why someone might experience gum recession include the following:


Rough toothbrushing: Many people mistakenly think that the harder they brush their teeth, the cleaner they will be. However, rough toothbrushing can actually damage the enamel of your teeth as well as the soft tissue of the gums. If this happens, the gums can become sore and pull away from the teeth, causing gaps to open between the teeth and gums.


Trauma to the mouth: There are lots of different ways in which our teeth and mouth can be injured and some of these may cause the gum tissue to recede away from the gums.


Bruxism: This condition, which is characterized as the subconscious or unconscious clenching or grinding of the teeth, is surprisingly common, particularly amongst patients who are experiencing high levels of stress or anxiety. Over time, the pressure that bruxism places onto the teeth can cause damage to both them and the gum tissue, making recession more likely.


Why treating gum recession is important

Treating gum recession is extremely important as without treatment, there are several serious consequences. The first is that you are likely to lose at least one natural tooth. As we know, our gums play a crucial role in holding the teeth in place and when they pull away, the teeth can become loose in their sockets. Secondly, gum recession almost certainly leads to worsening of periodontal disease, further putting your teeth at risk as well as your general health. This is because the creation of gaps between the teeth and gums are perfect spaces for more bacteria to become trapped, exacerbating the condition and increasing the problems that you are experiencing.


Chao Pinhole technique

Chao Pinhole is a minimally invasive dental technique that is performed through a tiny, pin-sized hole in the gum tissue. Unsurprisingly, it is this element that gives the technique its name. The process involves your dentist using this pinhole to make small adjustments to the gum tissue in order to loosen it, expand it and lift it so that it covers any gaps that have been created, hides the root of the tooth and creates a more attractive and natural-looking gum line that enhances your smile.


The benefits of Chao Pinhole over other gum recession treatments

Compared to other gum recession treatments, such as gum grafting, which is a highly invasive surgical technique, Chao Pinhole offers patients a number of different advantages. These include the following:


- A non-invasive procedure, meaning no need for anesthetic and no sutures

- Less bleeding

- No tissue grafts taken from another part of your body

- No concerns about tissue rejection or necrosis

- A fast, simple process

- Less or no post-treatment discomfort

- Virtually no downtime

- No effect on what you can eat following your treatment

- Immediate results

- Long-lasting results



It might sound too good to be true, but it really isn’t. Chao Pinhole can successfully treat gum recession without the need for surgery. For more information about this highly effective technique, please contact our offices.