I keep hearing about the Pinhole Technique. Am I a candidate and what is it all about?
The “Pinhole” technique is a technique for treating gum recession, described by Dr. Chao. The marketing for this technique has been quite extraordinary, however the technique is not a new technique. It involves making a hole in the gum tissue under the lip and then moving the gum tissue toward the tooth to cover the recession. In fact, there have been very similar techniques which do not even require making a hole and thus would be much more conservative. The Pinhole technique also involves stuffing collagen strips into the gum to supposedly add thickness to gum. Unfortunately, there is almost no long term data showing this technique to be effective long term. While there are a few indications to doing a conservative approach like this, the cases must be very mild and selected carefully.
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